There is tension at the Shasha area of Ibadan following the clash between some hoodlums and Hausa traders in the popular Shasha Market.
Residents of the area and traders told our correspondent that the fight started on Wednesday night when an Hausa man allegedly beat up a Yoruba woman during an argument.
A Yoruba man whose name could not be ascertained yet was said to have challenged the Hausa man and it resulted into a fight. The Hausa man was said to have brought out a charm which he allegedly used to hit the Yoruba man and the latter became unconscious and was rushed to hospital.
The man reportedly died on Friday morning and the news of his death was said to have triggered a violent reaction from some hoodlums who felt pained by the incident.
Our correspondent who visited Shasha observed that patrol vans of various security agents were moving towards the crisis area.
Some traders who had bought perishable goods before the crisis started were seen pacing up and down outside the market area.
There were claims that some structures were set ablaze during the fight but some said the smoke was coming from bonfires made at the scene.
A shop owner, who spoke on condition of anonimity told our correspondent that the Hausa man who allegedly slapped a Yoruba woman caused the crisis.
The woman said, “The fight became intense this morning as the news of the death of the Yoruba man filtered to the area.
” Security men moved into the area quickly and I believe that has doused the tension. But we are still afraid.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State, Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi, did not pick calls by our correspondent and he did not reply the message sent to him on the incident.