Sunday, May 9

Shasa Crisis: 4 Northern Governors hold talks with Makinde

Four governors of the northern zone of Nigeria are in Ibadan to meet governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State over the crisis which erupted in Sasa market, in Akinyele local government area of Oyo state between an indigene and a settler resulting in destruction of lives and properties.

The governors are Abdullahi Ganduje Kano, Bello Matawalle ,Zamfara,
Abubakar Bagudu Kebbi and Abubakar Bello,Niger state.

Their visit came after crisis that erupted between Hausa and Yoruba residents of Sasa Market of Akinyele Local Government, Ibadan.

On Monday, Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State declared that his government will ensure that justice is served on all the victims of the crisis.

The governor disclosed that a judicial panel will also be inaugurated to investigate the crisis, adding that Peace and Security Committees will equally be put in place in all the zones of the state with a view to addressing the
grievances and ensuring justice is served.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, also quoted the governor as appealing to angry residents of the area to sheathe their swords, warning that whenever the people see the potential dangers of words and actions, they must take precautions, saying: “It is time to think about our self-preservation. It is time to put Oyo State first.”

The governor warned residents not to take laws into their hands, even as he maintained that the government will deploy all the apparatus available to it to ensure that justice was done.

He said that the incident was unfortunate, adding: “I visited Sasa Market and Ojoo in Akinyele Local Government Area yesterday, and I have met the people affected by the crisis. I am saddened by the loss of lives. I feel your pain. I understand your anger and frustrations. We will make things right.”

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