Latest development over the ongoing ethnic clash between Yoruba and Hausa residents in Shasha, Ibadan, has taken a new twist as intervention forces and a surveillance helicopter have now been deployed by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, for the purpose of bringing the mayhem under control.
No fewer than 11 persons were reportedly buried on Sunday following the orgy of violence which broke out during the weekend between Yoruba and Hausa residents of Shasa Market in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State.
Also, a total of 5,000 people residing within the vicinity of the violence arena, are said to be currently displaced, even as many persons have been declared missing as a result of buildings that were set ablaze.
Federal Police authorities have already despatched a strong Intervention and Stabilization Forces to the state to reclaim the public space, reinforce security and bolster public confidence in the areas affected by the recent crisis in the State.
This is according to a press statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba.
The deployments, consisting largely of intelligence and operational assets of the Force, include four Units of the Police Mobile Force(PMF), seasoned operatives from the Force Intelligence Bureau and one operational/surveillance Police helicopter from the Police Air-wing Department.
The Intervention Force is said to be charged with the responsibility of reinforcing and stabilizing security in the State, preventing further breakdown of law and order, protecting lives and properties and ultimately enhancing public safety and general security in the State.
According to CP Mba, the Intervention Force is being coordinated by a Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG David Folawiyo, who is expected to mobilize all relevant stakeholders towards achieving the mandate of the squad.
Assurance was given by the IGP that the Force is committed to the safety of lives and property of the citizens in the country.
Adamu called on the citizens and residents of the state and other Nigerians to embrace peace and cooperate with the Police and the security community as they redouble their efforts in ensuring that sustainable peace and security are restored to the affected areas.
It would be recalled that early signs of the ongoing crises reportedly started last Thursday when a Hausa man and a Yoruba trader clashed, leading to the death of many residents.
This later snowballed to a full blown crisis, following which several houses were set ablaze.
Governor Seyi Makinde had to hurriedly order the immediate closure of the market.
Despite this action, tension in the area continues to increase as the violence persists