By Henry Odeh
Oyo state Governor Seyi Makinde has ordered the immediate reopening of Shasha market in Akinyele local government area Ibadan, which had been closed for barely two weeks following clashes between indigenes and settlers resulting in lost of lives and properties.
The Governor gave the order during a peace parley between the Seriki Shasha, Alhaji Haruna Maiyasin and Baale Shasha Amusa Ajani and other stakeholders at the Western Hall, state secretariat.
Governor Makinde explained that though he was initially mindful of closing the market because of its economic importance and significance in sustaining the livelihood of the traders, but as all affected parties have now agreed to live peaceably there was no need to keep the market closed.
While ordering that the market annex of Shasha established in Iroko during the crises should be closed, the Governor equally instructed relevant agencies to immediately restructure the market and fix up solar light around the community to enhance activities around the market, adding that government would consider some of the affected traders for palliatives.
The Deputy Inpector General South West, DIG David Falawiyo who was in the meeting with the state commissioner of police, Ngozi Onadeko, noted that the police would continue to maintain surveillance and presence in the market while ensuring that peace and tranquility prevail.
Earlier the Baale of Shasha and the Seriki of Shasha in their separate remarks had unanimously apologized on behalf of the traders and warring faction on the ugly incident at the market and pledged to ensure peace coexistence and brotherliness reign in Shasha market henceforth.