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One Feared Dead As Traders Clash In Ibadan Market



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Olufemi Olaniyi, Ibadan

There is pandemonium at the Shasha area of Ibadan as some traders are engaged in a violent clash.

The PUNCH correspondent, who visited Shasha, saw police patrol vans and Operation Burst’s going inside the market where the fight was said to have taken place.

Residents also said many security agents had moved to the epicentre of the violence to douse it.

Some of them claimed that some kiosks and a house were razed but the claims on the cause of the fight could not be immediately verified.

But some Yoruba traders told our correspondent that they could not take away the goods (tomatoes and pepper) that they bought on Friday morning shortly before the fight started.

Residents of the area told our correspondent that the fight started on Wednesday night but it became fierce on Friday morning when a man was reportedly beaten with a charm by a Hausa man during the fight died.

Some of them said the woman mistakenly splashed water on the Hausa trader who beat her and this resulted in a fight that led to the death of the Yoruba man this morning.

Shops were hurriedly shut while traders who had not bought anything fled the area but the presence of security agents had brought some level of sanity to the area.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State, Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi, did not pick calls and he has yet to reply to the message sent to him on the incident.

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