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Shasha market crisis: Court remands 7 men for alleged arson, murder

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People walk past dozens of baskets full of tomatoes vandalised during deadly ethnic clashes between the northern Fulani and southern Yoruba traders at Shasha Market in Ibadan, southwest Nigeria, on February 15, 2021. – Nigerian President vowed to protect all religious and ethnic groups in the country after deadly clashes erupted between different communities at a market in the southwest over the weekend. Long-standing rivalry over access to land and resources between northern Fulani herders and southern Yoruba farmers are behind renewed ethnic tensions across the south. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

An Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ibadan on Thursday, ordered that seven men be remanded in Abolongo Correctional facility in Oyo, for alleged arson and murder during the Shasha marker crisis.

The police charged Tajudeen Oladunni, 50; Saburi Lawal, 37; Ojo Joshua, 25; Adekunle Olanrewaju, 38; Olagunju James, 24; Rasaq Yahya, 32 and Olaide Olawuyi, 20 with six counts bordering on conspiracy, arson and murder.

Magistrate I.O. Osho did not take the plea of the suspects for want in the jurisdiction.

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She ordered the police to return the case file to the Office of the Oyo State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.

Osho adjourned the matter until May 11, for mention.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Insp Foluke Oladosu told the court that the suspects conspired with others, at large, to commit the offence.

Oladosu said, on Feb. 12, at about 10 a.m., at Shasha market, Ibadan, the suspects caused the death of Adeola Shakirudeen, when they beat him up.

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The police also alleged that the suspects caused the death of 31 others.

The prosecution also alleged that the suspects set fire on two houses, belonging to Chief Adelabu Ibrahim and caused N50 million damage.

The police also alleged that the suspects also burnt down a house, belonging to Osuolale Akindele and destroyed property worth N20 million.

The offence, the police said, contravened the provisions of sections 6, and 316 and punishable under sections 443 and 319 and 516 of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Vol.II, Laws of Oyo State 2000.

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