On Wednesday, the conflict by some sections of people in Ekiti State boiled over again as transport workers and Hausa traders engaged in a free-for-all at Erekesan Market, Oja-Oba. According to reports, the crisis occurred a day after the resumption of the new Commissioner of Police in the state, Etop John James. The violence later spread from Erekesan Market – Old Garage – Mugbagba axis to Atikankan area, a convergent point for many Hausa traders in the state. According to the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Alberto Adeyemi, four persons were wounded in the crisis and are currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in the state. The popular business areas of Ado-Ekiti such as Ajilosun, Okeyinmi, Okesha and Irona, among others, soon became no-go-areas for both vehicles and pedestrians, while banks operating in the city hurriedly shut down.
Now, the state Governor Ayodele Fayose has imposed a dust to dawn curfew on the state. He warned that anybody who broke the curfew would be dealt with decisively. But not only those who break the curfew should be dealt with, the perpetrators of the mayhem should be fished out and punish in accordance with the law. Ekiti has always been hugging the headlines for some time now, and for the wrong reasons. This has got to stop. The new commissioner of police must move in decisively and reign in the perpetrators of the crisis.
Meanwhile, while we wait for the police and law enforcement agents to bring sanity to Ekiti and fish out the culprits, those who had a hand in the crisis deserve a yellow card!