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Makinde reopens Shasha market

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has directed the reopening of Shasha market in Ibadan following a clash between Yoruba and Hausa traders.

The governor said on Tuesday via Twitter that he directed the reopening of the market after consulting with stakeholders of the community.

However, Iroko market where the crisis originated from is to remain closed, he said.

“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 said.

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“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,” he added.

Several northern governors including Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje had visited Shasha in the wake of the clash to calm tension.

South-west residents say they want the region rid of herders from the north accused of crimes.

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