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Ipetumodu, Ashipa Communal Clash: Parties Disagree over Relocation of Market

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By Tunde Oyekola in Osogbo

Despite the panel of enquiry set up by Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State to look into the causes of communal crises between Ipetumodu and Asipa with a view to settling the dispute, the two communities seem not ready to sheathe their swords as the commission still battles with allegations and accusations from representatives of the two communities.

At the sitting of the commission on Wednesday last week, counsel representing Asipa, Mr. Adeyemi Funminiyi, insisted that the commission should recommend the complete removal of Akinola Market from Asipa land.

The communal clash between the two warring communities had broken out at the purported market.

Funminiyi told justice Jide Falola Judicial Commission of Enquiry that the removal of the market was the only panacea to end the crises between the two communities.

He also appealed to the state government through the panel to render assistance to the victims of the crisis, who he said were at the verge of death.

Funminiyi submitted that the culprits apprehended in the fracas should be prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others who may likely be trouble makers in the future.

While reacting, counsel representing Ipetumodu Community, Chief Afolabi Adedeji, said the submission of the Asipa counsel that the Akinola market be relocated would be difficult.

He asserted that the power to shift the market was beyond the discretion of the panel.

However, the Ipetumodu Progressives Union in the letter written to the commission urged the panel to see the request of Asipa to remove the market as unacceptable.

Justice Falola in his short ruling said the commission would look into the matter and make his recommendations to the government without favour.

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