By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
There was a clash on Friday between Hausa traders and some hoodlums at Sasha Market in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State leaving about two people feared dead.
The crisis it was learnt erupted on Thursday following an alleged attack on a cobbler identified as Adeola by an Hausa man said to be at verbal war with a pregnant woman in the market, with the cobbler said to be cautioning the Hausaman against beating up the pregnant woman.
Sources at the market said the Hausaman, apparently irked by the intervention of the cobbler reportedly hit him with a fettish object and the cobbler immediately slumped and started foaming from the mount.
The cobbler according to sources in the market was rushed to an hospital for treatment , thereby creating palpable tension around the markets as friends and colleagues of the cobbler threatened showdown should the cobbler finally died .
However, the tension in the market snowballed into bloody clash early Friday when the news of the death of the cobbler filtered into the market with his colleagues and other hoodlums who are not Hausa launched a reprisal attack on any Hausa traders sighted in and across the market.
During the Friday clash , some shops were razed while one person identified as Asinmiyu was also feared dead with some of the wares (mainly tomatoes, onions and pepper) already displayed by traders along Ebedi axis of the market were destroyed by the opposing groups forcing traders in the market to be scampering for safety .
Oyo state Police Command in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Gbenga Fadeyi on the Sasha market clash said the fracas was a clash between social miscreants within the market
“It was was a clash between two social miscreants in which one of the miscreant, Adeola Sakirundeen ‘m’ was hit by the other and died later while receiving treatment in an hospital” he said
CSP Fadeyi added ” the Commissioner of Police,,S .A security and other Police Tactical teams visited the scene for on the spot assessment. Massive Police deployment and that of the sister security agencies were made to dowse tension”.
CSP Fadeyi said “Critical Stakeholders have also been consulted to appeal to the people. Normalcy is gradually returning to the area.”