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10 killed, 30 missing as Amotekun allegedly ‘joined hoodlums to attack Northerners’ in Oyo


At least 10 people have been killed, 70 sustained gunshots
injuries and over 30 Northerners declared missing in a
deadly attack on Sasa Market traders in Akinyele Local
Government Area of Oyo State.
Oniftv gathered over 6,000 Northerners, mostly
Hausas, are currently taking refuge at the residence of
Sarkin Sasa, Haruna Maiyasin.
“I have over 6,000 displaced people packed in my house.
Many people have been killed, while others injured,” Mr
Maiyasin told onifi
Witnesses said the crisis erupted on Thursday when a
porter carrying a basket of tomato inadvertently nudged a
Yoruba woman. The woman allegedly retaliated and
organised a group of Yoruba thugs to avenge.
Oniftv gathered that after the fight, one of the
thugs died in the hospital.
When the news of the death circulated, the Yoruba youths
allegedly gathered and started attacking the Northern
traders.
In a interview , the chairman of Sasa
Market Traders, Usman Yako, said they informed the police
immediately after the report of the death, but the police did
not promptly respond to their call until the situation went
out of control.
“We called the police to inform them about the issue, and
possible break down of law and order, but they did not take
action immediately until the situation deteriorated,” he said.
According to Mr Yako, when the operatives of the regional
security outfit, Amotekun, came, they started shooting at
Northern traders instead of protecting them from attack.
“When Amotekun came, they started shooting at
Northerners. The hoodlums started setting houses ablaze,
shooting and burning Hausa traders’ shops.
“It is apparent that it was a targeted attack on Hausas and
other Northerners.
“The attack also spread to the Lagos-Ojo Expressway,
which is not far from the market. Trailers belonging to
Northerners were looted, burnt down, and the drivers
slaughtered.
“We were invited to Government House yesterday (Friday),
and two of us were delegated. Nothing was actually done to
avert the crisis and safeguard our lives.
“We have so far counted 10 bodies in the hospital. Over 70
people sustained gunshot injuries. 30 people, including my
own brother, are missing,” he added.
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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