Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has ordered the immediate closure of the Shasha market in Akinyele Local Government Area of Ibadan.
Recall that three people were reportedly killed in a clash between Hausa speaking people and the Yorubas at Shasha Market.
It was learnt that the disturbing event led to the destruction of shops and properties by hoodlums who took advantage of the clash. It was reported that residents were forced to flee the troubled area around 5:30 pm.
Some lucky residents were said to have hurriedly picked a few clothes with them as they were unsure whether the violence would not escalate. Confirming the report to newsmen, police operatives revealed that one person died in the attack, contrary to the claims by traders.
In a statement signed on Saturday by Mr. Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, the government shut the market indefinitely.
The curfew, which he said covered Shasha and the market area, is to run from 6 pm to 7 am.
Makinde gave the order so as to forestall breakdown of law and order in the area, warning residents of the area to go about their legitimate businesses peacefully.
The statement reads: “His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde has directed the immediate closure of Shasha market indefinitely following reports of a breach of peace in the area.
“The governor has also approved the imposition of a curfew on Shasha. It will run from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.
“Residents of the affected area are enjoined to go about their legitimate businesses within the hours stipulated by the law.
“Anyone caught disrupting the peace of the community will be made to face the wrath of the law.”