Oyo Crisis: What transpired between the Fulanis and the Yorubas at Shasha Market

Oyo Crisis: What transpired between the Fulanis and the Yorubas at Shasha Market
By Tochi Juliet

For some weeks now, the Hausas and the Yorubas in Oyo state have been on each others' necks. It has been an eyesore as several were injured and properties destroyed over the weekend at Shasha market.

The last week's incident broke the camel's back, and the Government were being urged to act fast before it turns into a tribal war.

The Genesis of Hausa-Yoruba killings in Oyo

The beginning of the ugly incident at Oyo can be traced to the Fulani herdsmen who reside in one of the Oyo forests. The Yorubas alleged that the Fulani herdsmen in some of the Oyo forests are killing, kidnapping and raping their women.

Sunday Igboho (an activist) and some other Yoruba elites mobilised themselves. They ushered the Fulani's a memo to leave the forest and move into the city and houses just like every other tribe or face the Yoruba elites' wrath.

Mr Igboho is an acclaimed Yoruba activist, but some persons describe him as a notorious ‘political thug’ in Ibadan. He was born on October 10 in 1972, in Igboho town, located in Oke-Ogun, Oyo State.

Nicknamed after his hometown, Mr Igboho rose to fame following his role in the Modakeke-Ife communal crisis in 1997, where he played an active part.

Many believe Mr Igboho has metaphysical abilities, which makes him a formidable opponent in battle.

The group lead by Sunday Igboho made the declaration as they asserted that the Nigerian government had failed to tackle the Oyo state's security challenges.

Regarding this assertion, the group decided to take the bull by the horn by offering all the Fulanis an ultimatum to vacate their forests or dance to their songs' tune.

In a video, Igboho told Sarkin Fulani that he gave them (Fulani herders) seven days to leave the area or deal with them.

“Alhaji, I am here to tell you that we are not pleased with the way your people are killing our people. I cannot continue to fold my arms when your people are killing my people. We hereby give you seven days to leave this place.

“What you have done in Yoruba land is enough; go back to your North. If you claim stubbornness and stay, you will have yourself to blame.

I respect you by coming here to notify you, but if you don’t respect yourself and decided to stay, you will see,” he threatened.

Just within few hours after Sunday, Igboho dished out his threat; the Fulani herdsmen allegedly killed two other Yorubas.

Sunday Igboho and some other Yoruba elites mobilised themselves and ushered the Fulanis an ultimatum to vacate their forest

2.0 Sunday, Igboho's house set ablaze.

Sunday, Igboho's house was set ablaze by unknown people. The fire incident occurred days after Mr Igboho led his followers and aggrieved residents to Igangan in the Ibarapa area of Oyo state to eject Fulani's leader, Salihu Abdukadir.

The cause of the fire incident is undisclosed, even though some asserted it was carried out by groups of Fulanis seeking revenge on him.

Some equally said it was thugs hired by politicians, while others believed Sunday Igboho could have burnt his house to label it against the Fulani herdsmen.

The killings at Shasha market in Oyo

Shasha market, located in Akinyele local government area of Ibadan in Oyo state, witnessed a tremendous upsurge after an argument ensued between an Hausa trader and a Yoruba trader whose names were not disclosed.

According to reports, during the two traders' argument, the Hausa man hit the Yoruba with a charm, which he did not survive as he died the following morning.

The man's death caused his colleagues to seek revenge at the Shasha market. The brewing tension had made the majority of the traders to flee the market. The fight led to serious bloodshed as the Yorubas were killing Hausas and Hausas, killing Yorubas equally.

Some of the residents of the area as well as neighbouring communities had also deserted their houses due to fear of being attacked.

The Yoruba man's death made his colleagues seek revenge at the Shasha market known for selling and buying tomatoes

It was equally gathered that shops and nearby houses owned by the Yorubas and the Hausas were burnt into pieces. The Shasha market was a place of blood from Thursday till Sunday when the tension became calm.

The governor of Oyo state Governor Seyi Makinde condemned the killing and ordered for closure of shops in Shasha market.

In all this, the Oba didn't keep quiet. The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, warned against further destruction of property and killings in the market.

Shasha market where Hausas trade tomatoes and pepper were burnt down

Scores dead and many injured

It has been reported that no fewer than 11 persons were buried on Sunday after the Hausa-Yoruba fight and killings in Oyo state. News has it that about 5,000 Hausa traders, women and children were displaced during the crisis, as many fled for their lives.

Some of the displaced persons reportedly took refuge at the Sarkin Shasha house, Alhaji Haruna Maiyasin, and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Ibadan.

Yesterday, the Sarkin Shasha house's resident leader disclosed to journalists that 11 victims were prepared for burial.

He further said that the other seven killed were still in the police station as police did not release their corpses.

According to the Daily Post, the Yorubas, on the other hand, had killed several and burnt down properties, and many who live nearby had to flee from their houses.

More investigations are ongoing to find out more and help curtail the menace between the two tribes in that area.

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