A lady, Nana Aisha, who says she is an eyewitness has shared an account of the incident that caused the Hausa/Yoruba clash in Shasha, Ibadan in Oyo state.
The crisis led to such hashtags as #StopOyoMassacre, #StopKilingNortherners on social media.
The lady while sharing eyewitness account said:
“This is Nana Aisha reporting from Shasha, Ibadan.
Please guys, I have been reading a lot of posts saying that the Northerners are at fault, the Northerners are killing people. Please this is just a total misunderstanding.”
“This is the accurate story of what happened because I was there. A Niger man carried a basket of tomatoes, he fell down and the tomatoes all poured on the floor in front of a Yoruba woman’s shop. The woman told the Niger man to pack the tomatoes and also wash her shop. The Niger man was like this is a market, there is no where he’s going to get water to wash the woman’s shop. He pleased with her but she refused. She said she will not leave him alone unless he washed her shop.”
“Then another Yoruba man jumped into the conversation, slapped the Niger man. Immediately, the Niger man also slapped the Yoruba man back. Immediately the Niger man slapped the Yoruba man, the Yoruba man slipped on the floor and fainted. People gathered and took him to the hospital where he was reported dead. People were shocked that one slap killed the Yoruba man.”
“So one idiot that was there posted rubbish online. He said an Hausa man slapped a Yoruba man to death.”
“Shasha thugs got angry and started killing Hausas. They thought it was really Hausa people that started the war, they didn’t know it’s a Niger man that slapped someone to death, not an Hausa man. So, please guys, whenever you want to post, investigate before posting, don’t just post rubbish. Just one post started a war. Just one post has killed many people….”
Abiodun Bello @Abdul_A_Bello who shared the video on Twitter wrote: