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Oyo plans panels on Shasha crisis, Igboho fund hits N22m
Published February 16, 2021
Akeredolu, Makinde at the scene of the clash. Photos: Olufemi Olaniyi and @rotimiaketi
Eniola Akinkuotu and Wale Oyewale
Oyo State Governor , Seyi Makinde , said on Monday that his administration would ensure that justice was served for the victims of the clash at the Shasha Market in Ibadan over the weekend .
Makinde said a judicial panel would be inaugurated to investigate the crisis , adding that peace and security committees would be set up in all the zones of the state with a view to addressing grievances and ensuring justice .
The governor , while appealing to angry residents of the area to sheathe their swords , warned the people to take precautions at the sign of potential danger , adding , “ It is time to think about our self -preservation . It is time to put Oyo State first. ”
He said contrary to news circulating on the social media, the state government had brought the situation in Shasha under control , adding that it had been de -escalated since Saturday .
“ A curfew was put in place and there has been no further unrest since then,” he said .
Makinde cautioned residents against taking the law into their hands , stating , “ I visited the Shasha Market and Ojoo in the Akinyele Local Government Area yesterday ( Sunday ) , and I have met the people affected by the crisis. I am saddened by the loss of lives . I feel your pain . I understand your anger and frustration . We will make things right .
“ As I stated yesterday ( Sunday ) , I have also ordered a full-scale investigation into the immediate cause of the crisis and I promise that all culprits will be brought to justice . Our administration will also be providing the needed support to ensure that those who lost their properties to the mayhem are compensated .
“ I mourn the loss of lives that has occurred. Even when justice is served , nothing can bring back the dead. That is why I must also state that individuals , who have taken to stoking up ethnic flames in Oyo State , either through their utterances or actions or posts on social media, are enemies of our state . ”
He warned those leveraging on the incidents in the state for political goals to desist, stating , “ The people , who have decided to leverage these sad events to further their political goals , are not our friends . These people handing us petrol and matches will not stand with us when the fire turns into an inferno .
“ When we see the potential dangers of words and actions , we must take precautions . It is time to think about our self -preservation . It is time to put Oyo State first . Let me make it clear , the socio -economic prosperity that has existed in Oyo State for about two years since this administration came into office, and the peace and confidence in government we have been building , is under threat . This threat will only succeed if we allow it to happen . ”
He lauded security agencies , including the police , the Operation Burst and the Amotekun Corps for the roles they were playing, warning that those doing disservice to the state by sabotaging efforts at ensuring peace and security would face the full wrath of the law .
Decrying the shooting of an Amotekun Corps operative by a Divisional Police Officer in Ogbomoso , he disclosed that a judicial panel would be set up to investigate the incident and that anyone found culpable would face the music .
Meanwhile, a fundraiser set up by supporters of Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo , better known as Sunday Igboho , has attracted £ 42 ,401 ( N 22 .4 m ) .
A blogger, Maureen Badejo , had two weeks ago set up the Gofundme page for the purpose of raising £ 100 ,000 ( N 51 .8 m ) for him to buy buses to implement his project of ridding the South -West of killer herdsmen.
Igboho had issued a seven -day ultimatum to herders in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State, blaming them for kidnapping, killings , destruction of farmland and insecurity in the state .