By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Traders at the Shasha market in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital are still counting their losses after the wreckage and destruction of property that occurred as a result of the clash between Yoruba and Hausa porters.
Many of them have continued to desert their shops following a clash that broke out between the Hausa and Yoruba porters at Raja, Shasha market on Thursday and extended to Friday.
Reports gathered from multiple sources identified that the face-off was a result of the death of a Yoruba porter who was allegedly killed by a Hausa porter on Thursday, a development which degenerated into reprisal attacks on Friday.
As a result, the death of the Yoruba man made his colleagues seek revenge at the market known for selling and buying tomatoes, pepper, and other products from the Northern part of Nigeria.
According to eyewitnesses who craved anonymity, some of the residents of Shasha located in the Akinyele local government area of Ibadan and other neighboring communities have deserted their houses for the fear of being attacked.
They added that the brewing tension has made the majority of the traders at Shasha fled the market.
The Deputy Director, Oyo State Fire Service, Mr. Moshood Adewuyi, who confirmed the unfortunate incident in a chat with journalists explained that the fire brigade was not allowed to put out the fire set on shops and houses at Shasha market as hoodlums descended heavily on the facilities of the Oyo state fire service which were taken to the scene and vandalized them.
However, efforts made by Western Post to get a reaction from the police Spokesman in Oyo State, CSP Olugbenga Fadeyi on the development, proved abortive.
As at the time of filing this report, men of the operation burst, police personnel, and the Amotekun corps have arrived the scene of the incident in a bid to restore normalcy to the area..