Imposes dusk to dawn curfew
BY SEGUN ADEBAYO – The Oyo state government has shut indefinitely the popular Shasha market following the over 48 hours of killing and destruction of property.
Similarly, there is also a dusk to dawn curfew imposed on the market located in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State.
Governor Seyi Makinde, who approved the measures, said they are meant to check continuous breakdown of law and order in the area.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa which confirmed the development on Saturday, said “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.”
The skirmishes in the market had escalated on Saturday morning with some opposing groups confronting themselves and wreaking havoc in the area.
Eye witness accounts said residents had to run for dear lives on Friday and could not pass the night in their various homes due to fear of possible attack from any of the warring groups.
Competent sources said some unknown groups also razed the Shasha market overnight with most shops, kiosk and wares completely destroyed despite security presence in the affected area.
Though not officially confirmed, it was further learnt that before the governor’s intervention, three persons were reportedly lost their lives in the clash while shops and property worth several millions of Naira were left in ruins by the gangsters.
However, setting straight the fatality figure, the Oyo State Police Command said only one person died in the crisis that started as a clash between two mischief-makers.
Also, the police assured that it is partnering with sister agencies that have also deployed personnel to restore peace in the area.