Weeks after clash, life returns at shasa market

Five weeks after the Shasa crisis, Hausa and Yoruba traders have returned to the market for usual business.

There are reports that trucks have started bringing onion, tomato and pepper to the Shasa Market and residents of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, have started trooping to the market to transact business.

The crisis which claimed many lives and property started on February 10, 2021, following a clash between a pregnant woman and a young Hausa man. According to a witness, the young Hausa man hit a shoemaker who tried to intervene with a charm and fled and that the shoemaker later died.

The source confirmed to reporters in Ibadan that the death of the shoemaker led to burning of houses and killing of people in the market.

Following the crisis, the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, closed down the market on February 13, and reopened it on February 23, after intervention of the governor’s forum.

Our correspondent who visited the market reports that activities have returned to the market but observed that the ever busy Shasa town has turned to a ghost town.

A tomato dealer, Mallam Kabiru Adamu, told Daily Trust on Sunday that, “We are more than 50 in this area of the market. Many of us have gone to Akinyele and many are waiting for the approval of government on Iroko village. But I know if government rebuilds this market, things will change. We are no more fighting. Almost all my customers are Yoruba and we have never fought over the years. Peace has returned to Shasa, but you know the market was not built in a day. With time, it shall be filled to capacity.”

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On his part, the Babaloja of Shasa market, Chief Popoola Rasheed, said, “The market will grow again. We are working hard to ensure our people return to the market. We don’t want the governor to open the Iroko village for them. Why must they destroy our market and go to another place to establish another market. We know the governor to be a good man and an advocate of peace. Now that peace has returned, there must be measures by government to restore the market. We want the governor to help us rebuild the market.”

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