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Ethnic Violence: Makinde Directs Reopening Of Shasha Market

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State in southwest Nigeria has directed the reopening of Shasha market in Ibadan, the state capital.

The governor had closed the market and imposed a curfew on its surrounding areas nearly two weeks ago following an ethnic violence that resulted in the loss of lives and property.

Makinde disclosed the decision to reopen the market at a meeting with the two warring communities in Shasha.

The meeting held at the Western Hall, Secretariat, Ibadan, on Tuesday.

In a tweet, the governor said his directive on the reopening of the market was issued due to the economic implications of the closure.

Aftermath of the ethnic clash at Shasha market

He, however, said the Iroko market, where the crisis originated from, will remain closed.

“This morning, we met with the leaders and stakeholders of Sasa community. After listening to them and considering the economic implications, I directed that the market be reopened except the Iroko market where the crisis originated from which is to remain closed,” Makinde tweeted.

“I appealed to both ethnic groups to restore their previous amicable relationship. I also directed that the market be cleared of all debris, solar street lights installed to ensure the market environment is well-lit and palliatives distributed to the affected traders.”

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