Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Violence continues in Sasa as mob razes down more shops, mosque

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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Violence continues in some parts of Sasa Market, Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State, with hoodlums defying curfew to set more shops belonging to Northerners on fire.

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Over 50 shops and a mosque are affected in the new wave of arson on Sunday morning.

In an interview with DAILY NIGERIAN on Sunday, the chairman of Sasa Market Traders, Usman Yako, said looting and arson still continued in the market on Sunday morning.

“Over 50 tailoring shops have been razed down this morning. A mosque near the tailoring shop was also torched,” Mr Yako said.

Another Hausa resident of Sasa, Danlami Abubakar, told DAILY NIGERIAN that the state government was not doing enough to protect them.

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He said they were also alerted on Sunday morning that the hoodlums might attack Northerners living in Sabo-Ibadan.

“This morning, we received reports that the hoodlums are planning to attack our people at Sabo-Ibadan. Unless action is quickly taken, the violence will spread to the area,” he said.

“I am appealing to the federal government to come to our rescue to avert more killings and destruction of property.”

Sources told DAILY NIGERIAN that there is no adequate security cover at residence of Sarkin Sasa, Haruna Maiyasin, who houses over 6,000 displaced Northerners.

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At least 10 people have been killed, 70 sustained gunshots injuries and over 30 declared missing in the wake of the attack, according to the market union leader.

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On Saturday, Governor Seyi Makinde imposed a curfew on the area and shut the market indefinitely.

A statement by Taiwo Adisa, the spokesman for Governor Seyi Makinde, indicated that the governor gave the order to forestall breakdown of law and order in the area.

The curfew is to run from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The statement warned residents of the affected area to go about their legitimate businesses peacefully, stating that anyone caught perpetrating violence will face the wrath of the law.

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