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Unrest in Oyo State, Nigeria as Yoruba, Hausa Traders Clash

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Tension is high in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State, Southwest Nigeria as an ethnic conflict has taken at least one life and caused injuries to many others.

Ongoing clashes between Hausa and Yoruba traders and locals have seen residents fleeing their homes over fears of retaliatory attacks.

Despite the presence of the Police, Western Nigeria Security Network (Amotekun) and the military, the fights have hardly stalled.

Shops, kiosks, and vehicles have been razed as the degree of arson witnessed keeps getting more serious.

Many innocent traders have lost their source of livelihood in the clashes caused by a Nigerien living in the Hausa community in Sasha, Akinyele Local Government, Oyo State.

News Central gathered from the residents of the area that the clashes were caused by the killing of a man on Thursday. According to an eyewitness, Ayomikun Kehinde, violence erupted when the Nigerien man in question hit a local shoemaker and he fell and was foaming from his mouth. The man who was hit, a local cobbler named Sakirudeen Adeola died later on Thursday at the hospital.

A vehicle stacked with tomatoes had upturned in front of the shop of a pregnant woman and after a cleanup by the driver, he reportedly left rotten tomatoes in front of the woman’s shop. She complained afterwards and that led to an argument which involved Adeola, the deceased cobbler.

Angered by the death of their son, Adeola’s family and friends retaliated his death and a series of attacks from both ethnic groups have led to the burning of shops, vehicles and destruction of houses.

Fire service providers came to the scene of the arson to put out the fire but their vehicles were attacked by locals and they were prevented from operating.

Police and military officials have been seen patrolling the area during the day.

Markets and areas where Yorubas and Hausas have been coexisting for years have now been deserted as dwellers have hidden in safety.

The Oyo State Police Command described the clash as one between two “social miscreants.”

“It was a clash between two social miscreants in which one of the miscreant, Adeola Sakirundeen, was hit by the other and died later while receiving treatment in a hospital,” Olugbenga Fadeyi, Public Relations Officer of the Oyo State Police Command said.

Massive police deployment and that of the sister security agencies were made to dowse tension. Critical stakeholders have also been consulted to appeal to the people. Calm is gradually returning to the area.

The state government has imposed a curfew on the market where the clashes are ongoing, while it warned that anyone caught disturbing the peace of the community will face the full wrath of the law.

Taiwo Adisa, the Chief press Secretary to the Oyo State Governor remarked that the Governor Seyi Makinde has directed the immediate closure of Shasha market indefinitely following reports of a breach of peace in the area,” , Seyi Makinde said.

“The governor has also approved the imposition of (a) curfew in Shasha from 6pm to 7am. Residents of the affected area are enjoined to go about their legitimate businesses within the hours stipulated by the law.

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Zim Healer Arrested for Wrongful Possession of $2,000 Python Skin

Dzomba was apprehended with a sack containing the contraband, leading to his immediate arrest. According to police evaluators, the python skin, measuring 2.48 metres is valued at US$2,000.

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A fifty-one year old traditional healer Matirikisi Dzomba of Gweshe 2 village in Siakobvu, Zimbabwe was last week arraigned before Chinhoyi magistrate, Tendai Banda charged for the “possession of a python skin without a permit”
This was in contravention of Parks and Wildlife Act. The Act stipulates a mandatory nine-year jail term for anyone who illegally possesses endangered animal species or their trophies.

His arrest came on a failed attempt to sell python skin to Zimbabwe Parks Authority (ZimParks) rangers, who posed as potential buyers.

Dzomba pleaded guilty and was remanded in custody. He will remain there till 26 March 2021 when the regional court is expected to hand down the sentence.

State Counsel Tinoziva Chipupuri told the court that on 2 February 2021 at Gweshe 2 village under Chief Nebiri in Siakobvu, ZimParks ranger Herbert Makiyi got information that the accused was in possession of python skin.

Makiyi teamed up with his colleague from the Mutasadonha National Park and approached Dzomba posing as buyers seeking python skin. Dzomba was apprehended with a sack containing the contraband, leading to his immediate arrest. According to police evaluators, the python skin, measuring 2.48 metres is valued at US$2,000.

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Kampala Capital City Authority Officially Takes Over Owino Market

In an operation code named ‘walk through Owino Market’ downtown, KCCA announced the take over of Owino Market.

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Uganda’s largest open market, St. Balikudembe, popularly known as Owino market in country’s capital, has been effectively taken over by the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA)

The Executive Director of KCCA Ms Dorothy Kisaka, announced the official takeover on Tuesday, during a second visit she undertook with the authority’s team through the market.

She also requested the vendors to organise elections for new leadership of the market, to replace renowned trader and chairman Godfrey Kayongo Nkajja.

Dorothy Kisaka leading the ‘walk through Owino Market’

Last year, Vendors in the four markets including the Owino and Nakasero issued an ultimatum, urging the Ministry of Kampala and KCCA to replace market Association leaders, threatening to hold demonstrations to oust leadership from those markets .

Kisaka also acknowledged traders in the market for observing COVID-19 standard operating procedures as directed by the Ministry of Health in the market.

She also commended them for exercising their democratic franchise in the recently concluded national polls.

Several vendors welcomed the move, saying it will solve several challenges they faced under private administration.

The directive highlights issues of market leadership, ownership, compensation, relocation, and suspension of government taxes in the market.

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France Urges Chad to Investigate Attack on Opposition Leader’s Home

Chadian President, Idris Deby (middle) flanked by Burkinabe President, Marc Kabore and French President, Emmanuel Macron. Ludovic Marin/pool

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Following an attack on Chadian opposition leader, Yaya Dillo’s home on Sunday, the French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has called for an investigation to be conducted into the incident.

Dillo said five members of his family, including his mother, were killed when his home was attacked by men believed to be from the Presidential Guard.

The opposition leader plans to contest against Idris Deby in a Presidential election in April.

Deby, one of West Africa’s most fearsome leaders, has spent almost three decades in power in the country.

He has a very cordial relationship with the French government and is often supported by French soldiers in stamping out criminal elements in the country.

Dillo is no unfamiliar foe for Deby, as their paths had crossed in 2006 when the former was a rebel leader, before going on to become a Minister in the country.

He’s one of the 16 people who have signified interest in unseating the President in the election, slated to hold in a month’s time.

The French government said there should be total investigation into the attack, as there were arrest warrants issued against Dillo before the attack on his home.

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