- Oodua Peoples Congress has been very vocal about the crisis in the southwest region of the country
- The respected Yoruba group recently called on the president and Governor Makinde to look into the recent fracas in Oyo state
- OPC made its position known in a statement by Barrister Yinka Oguntimehi, the publicity secretary
Following the clash between Yoruba and Hausa residents in Shasha community, Akinyele local government area of Ibadan, the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state to investigate the incident.
The group made this known in a statement at the weekend, by its publicity secretary, Barrister Yinka Oguntimehin, and sighted by Legit.ng.
According to the OPC publicity scribe, an investigation needs to be carried out so as to bring the culprits to book and also forestall further crisis.
In the statement, OPC expressed concern that a minor misunderstanding between a pregnant woman and a Hausa man led to killing and destruction in Ibadan.
Oguntimehin lamented that such a crisis could have been avoided, even as he maintained that Yoruba are a very peaceful and accommodating people.
The OPC chieftain went on to urge traditional institutions, political players, and stakeholders in Yoruba land to take issues of security in the southwest very.
The back story
The skirmishes started on Thursday, February 11, when a cobbler simply identified as Shakirudeen was killed while settling a rift between a woman and a Nigerien porter in the market.
A source from the market narrated how the incident happened to Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole.
Reprisal attacks were thereafter launched by the deceased's supporters and his people. A source told Legit.ng that two other persons apart from Shakirudeen have been killed.
The incident later degenerated into an ethnic clash as some hoodlums of Yoruba extraction issued quit notice to their now estranged neighbours, the Hausas.
Makinde shuts Shasha market
Meanwhile, Makinde ordered the immediate and indefinite closure of the Shasha market in Ibadan.
The Oyo state governor took the action following the skirmishes in the market degenerated into a violent clash between the Yoruba and Hausa residents in the community,
The governor equally imposed a curfew on Shasha and the market area, running from 6 pm to 7 am.
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