Ibadan crisis: Gov Akeredolu warns against brigandage, jungle justice

The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has warned Ibadan residents not to take laws into their hands.

The Governor stated this while condemning the killings that took place at Shasha area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

The crisis had erupted in Shasha market in Ibadan and the situation resulted in a free for all in the market last week.

This led to the closure of the market with immediate effect by the Oyo State government of Seyi Makinde.

In his reaction, Akeredolu in a statement which he personally signed on over the weekend, said he doesn’t support violence and jungle justice.

The statement read in part, “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.

“I understand 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.

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“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.”

Meanwhile, President Mohamadu Buhari has issued a strong warning that his government will not allow any ethnic or religious group to stoke up hatred and violence against other groups in the country.

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