Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says his government would ensure that victims of Shasha market crisis get justice, adding that the perpetrators of the violence will be punished.
He made this during a state-wide broadcast on Monday in Ibadan, the state capital. The governor disclosed that a judicial panel would be inaugurated to investigate the crisis.
Makinde added that Peace and Security Committees would equally be put in place in all the zones of thestatewithaviewtoaddressing the grievances and ensuring justice was served.
Makinde said: “It is time to think about our self-preservation. It is time to put Oyo State first as a curfew was put in place and there has been no further unrest since then.
“I visited Sasa Market and Ojoo in Akinyele Local Government Area yesterday, and I have met the people affected by the crisis. I am saddened by the loss of lives. I feel your pain. I understand your anger and frustrations. We will make things right.
“As I stated yesterday, I have also ordered a full investigation into the immediate cause of the crisis and I promise that all culprits will be brought to book.
“Our administration will also be providing the needed support to ensure that those who lost their properties to the mayhem are compensated.
“I mourn the loss of lives that has occurred. Even when justice is served, nothing can bring back the dead.
“That is why I must also state that individuals who have taken to stoking up ethnic flames in Oyo State either through their utterances or actions or posts on social media are enemies of our state.
“When we see the potential dangers of words and actions, we must take precautions. It is time to think about our self-preservation. It is time to put Oyo State first.
“Let me make it clear, the socio-economic prosperity that has existed in Oyo State for about two years since this administration came into office and the peace and confidence in government we have been building, is under threat. This threat will only succeed if we allow it to happen.”