Shasha Violence: Do Not Take Laws Into Your Hands, Akeredolu Tells Ibadan Residents

File: Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu

 

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has asked Ibadan residents not to take laws into their hands, following the violence that erupted in Shasha area of Oyo State.

Akeredolu in a statement he personally signed Saturday night said the south-west governors “note with deep concern, the most unfortunate and avoidable orgy of violence in Shasha, Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.”

The governor said he is compelled to address all residents of the area, especially the Yoruba speaking people, in his capacity as the Chairman, South-West Governors’ Forum over the recent happenings bordering on security.

“Without doubt, the situation we have found ourselves as a people is most despicable and contends violently against, and abhorrently at variance with the values and hospitality for which our people are known.

“We have been known for thoroughness. We have identified with legality over the centuries; and our ethos as a civilised breed of people is such that we do not identify with lawlessness, not even illegality,” Governor Akeredolu added.

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He also asked residents to be law-abiding, saying he understands “the height of provocation in the light of recent happenings as regards Shasha, Ibadan, I, alongside my other brother governors in the region are against the willful appropriation of Laws into one’s hands.

“We do not support violence and in particular, brigandage, jungle justice and unnecessary self-help. We note with delight, the efforts of our brother Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde of Oyo State who has taken very bold steps to stave off the further escalation of the violence by imposing curfew in the affected areas.

“He deserves every support in his avowed commitment towards peace and security in Oyo State. We shall all survive these times and live peacefully, once again in our lands.”

Police Arrest Nine In Shasha Violent Attack

 

The Oyo state police command says it has arrested nine people in connection with the violent attack on traders and residents of shasha market in Akinyele Local Government area of Ibadan.

This was disclosed by the Oyo state police commissioner, Mr Shina Olukolu.

Mr Olukolu who made this known to newsmen late on Friday, warned mischievous persons to desist from peddling falsehood regarding the issue, especially on social media where it had been reported that a tribal clash had ensued within the Shahsha community.

He added that the crisis was quelled with the joint efforts of both the Yoruba and Hausa community in and around the market, noting that nothing would be allowed to truncate the peaceful co-existence that has existed in the community for decades.

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Commercial activities at the Shasha market, one of the largest vegetable markets in Oyo state were halted earlier on Friday as a result of a violent disruption within the market.

Report has it that a disgruntled scrap dealer who was prevented from defecating on a particular spot near the market started the trouble.

It is said that the scarp dealer went away only to return with his friends to attack those who drove him off.

The police waded into the matter and made a couple of arrests, some of those arrested were immediately charged to court.

Three Kidnapped Children Found In Lagos

ChildrenThe three missing children of the Orekoya family kidnapped by their nanny, have been found in Lagos State where they were taken hostage.

In an interview with Channels Television, police sources revealed that the kidnappers, faced by immense pressure the incident had generated abandoned the children in Shasha area of Lagos State, Nigeria’s south-west region.

The police urged the public to contact the police before employing persons that would have access to their homes for adequate profiling.

The children were immediately taken to an anonymous hospital for observation and are in the process of being re-united with their parents.

The kids between the ages of 6, 4 and 11 months old were abducted by the housemaid on April 8, a day into her job as the family maid.

The housemaid, Mary Akinloye, a 23-year-old indigene of Ibadan, Oyo State, was said to have been hired through an online trading portal, OLX.

She, as well as her accomplices, contacted the children’s’ parents and demanded a fifteen million naira (N15m) ransom.

Reports say the parents of the children had posted a notice on an online sales portal, stating that they needed the services of a nanny.

Ms Akinloye then offered her services, gave them the contact numbers of two individuals, whom she claimed were her relatives.

The Orekoya family then arranged to formalise documentation with the purported relatives.

The anguish, despair and anxiety of the couple has however come to an end with the kids having been found.

Unfortunate Situation

Meanwhile, the online portal, OLX, where the Orekoya family got the details of the nanny, said the kidnap of the children was an unfortunate situation.

In a statement made available to Channels Television’s correspondent, Shola Soyele, OLX said “it is an online classified site that brings buyers and sellers together to promote trade. The site takes steps to moderate and review all ads but does not participate in the negotiations between buyers and sellers as Transactions are performed directly between both parties”.

The country manager of OLX Nigeria, Lola Masha, who signed the statement, said the company had, in all its marketing campaign, continuously urged its users to take necessary precautionary checks when using the site.

OLX also urged its users to help kick out bad players by reporting any dubious activity or user on the site for immediate action.

OLX Says Kidnap Of Children Is Unfortunate

Three Kidnapped Children foundAn online portal, OLX, says the kidnap of  three children by an agent that the Orekoya family had met through the online portal was an ‘unfortunate situation’.

The three missing children were found on Wednesday in Lagos State where they were taken hostage.

In a statement made available to Channels Television’s correspondent, Shola Soyele, OLX said “it is an online classified site that brings buyers and sellers together to promote trade. The site takes steps to moderate and review all ads but does not participate in the negotiations between buyers and sellers as Transactions are performed directly between both parties”.

The country manager of OLX Nigeria, Lola Masha, who signed the statement, said the company had, in all its marketing campaign, continuously urged its users to take necessary precautionary checks when using the site.

OLX also urged its users to help kick out bad players by reporting any dubious activity or user on the site for immediate action.

The three missing children of the Orekoya family kidnapped by their nanny, have been found in Lagos State where they were taken hostage.

In an interview with Channels Television, police sources revealed that the kidnappers, faced by immense pressure the incident had generated, abandoned the children in Shasha area of Lagos State, Nigeria’s south-west region.

The children were immediately taken to an anonymous hospital for observation and are in the process of being re-united with their parents.

The police have urged the public to contact them before employing persons that would have access to their homes for adequate profiling.