Shasa Market Crisis: Traders Express Displeasure Over Release Of Suspects


Following the discharge of seven suspects arrested by the police in reference to the crisis that erupted in Shasa market, Akinyele government Area of Oyo State, some affected traders have expressed dissatisfaction over the discharge while others involve more investigation into the matter.

Some of the traders asked the police to supply the primary suspect who killed a shoemaker, which led to the destruction of lives and properties.

The chairman of Sasa Market Traders Association, Alhaji Usman Idris Yako, told Daily Trust that the Hausa Community wasn’t proud of the released of the suspects.

He said: “We thought the suspects are getting to face the wrath of the law to stop future occurrences, but they’re not.

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“We aren’t surprised about the result , that’s why we didn’t return to Shasa market. We are now doing our businesses in our new base in Akinyele.

“Most of the help giving by the govt and well-wishers isn’t enough.”

He further said support was rendered through Sarkin Sasa who has no business in Shasa market.

“The Sarkin Sasa who has no business in Sasa collected many of the palliatives.

“He didn’t give us anything. We are the important victims but here we are. we’ve decided to not return to Sasa for our own safety,” he said.

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However, Chief Popoola Rasheed, Babaloja of Sasa market, said” “I cannot pray for them to be jailed since the police and superior authority have said they need no case to answer.”

A trader within the market, Mrs Rebecca Akinjide, said those arrested weren’t the important suspects.

“If the police truly want to try to to their job, they ought to search for the boy that killed that shoemaker.

“Those people arrested are all Yoruba, who are mere residents of Sasa. those that killed the person should be arrested. Ninety per cent of the properties destroyed were owned by the Yoruba people.

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“Do you think that they will be foolish to burn their own properties? The seven people we are talking about were arrested by soldiers who were protecting the Hausa people. we all know the politics,” he said.

The police PR officer Olugbenga Fadeyi said the police acted on the recommendation of the Director of Public Prosecution.

“Soldiers arrested the seven people and handed them over to the police. We told you that they were released supported the recommendation of the DPP,” the police spokesman said.


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