The Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has ordered the immediate reopening of Shasha market in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State earlier closed following clashes between indigenes and settlers.

He gave the order during a peace parley between the Seriki Shasha, Alhaji Haruna Maiyasin and Baale Shasha Community, Amusa Ajani and other stakeholders at the Western Hall, Secretariat in Ibadan.

Governor Makinde, who explained that he was initially reluctant to close the market with a view to sustaining the livelihood of the traders, said there was no need to keep the market closed as all affected parties have now agreed to live peacefully.

While ordering that the market annex of Shasha established in Iroko during the crises should be closed, the governor equally instructed relevant agencies to immediately restructure the market and fix up solar light around the community to enhance activities around the market.

The Deputy Inspector General Zone 11, DIG David Falawiyo who was in the meeting with the State Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko, noted that the police would continue to maintain surveillance and presence in the market while ensuring that peace and tranquility prevail.

Earlier, the Baale of Shasha and the Seriki of Shasha in their separate remarks had apologized on behalf of the traders and warring factions on the unfortunate incident at the market, they promised to ensure peaceful coexistence and brotherliness.

It would be recalled that Governor Makinde closed Shasha market in the wake of a crisis which erupted between an indigene and settler resulting in loss of lives and properties.

Net/Babatunde Tiamiyu

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