September 25, 2022

Oyo market leaders petition Police commissioner over alleged plan by group to cause chaos

Some market leaders have petitioned the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Adebowale William over the alleged activities of some individuals.

The Conference of Iyalojas in the state requested the CP to stop Princess Folasade Nurudeen and the Market Traders Association of Nigeria from setting the state ablaze.

The petition was jointly signed by Alhaja Sariatu Olorunero, Iyaloja of Ibadanland and Alhaja Rafata Wahaab, Iyaloja of Ogbomosoland.

According to the duo, the statement was signed on behalf of the Iyalojas from 33 local government areas in the state.

The petitioners dissociated themselves from Nurudeen’s activities which they alleged were unjust, immoral and unconstitutional.

The market leaders also requested the CP to immediately intervene, adding that the intervention of the CP was necessary to calm tensions and prevent possible breakdown of law and order in the state.

The market leaders in the petition made available to DAILY POST on Wednesday said, “We have said it severally that Princess Nurudeen has no relationship with traders in Oyo State prior to her recent outburst and unjust desperation for the position of Iyaloja-General.

“In spite of several warnings from various leaders and associations in the state, we noticed the unwillingness in the attitude of Princess Nurudeen to give up the illegal aspiration of forcing herself on over 2.5 million traders in Oyo State through the help of rebels in some associations lumped together with traders by the last administration.

“MATAN is an unknown association in Oyo State, we know those who invited MATAN, and we also know their mission. Those who invited them to cause a problem in the state are not traders but present themselves to politicians and corporate organizations as market leaders to exploit the unsuspected people.

“Unfortunately, during investigation, we discovered that Folasade Nurudeen has never been a member of any trade association in Oyo State. Our finding with the Oyo State Ministry of Trade and Industry also revealed that Market Traders Association (MATAN) was never registered with the ministry.

“It is on record that no association has constitutional right to install Iyaloja-General in any state because the function of Iyaloja-General is beyond the locus stands of any association. The right to elect and install Iyaloja-General rests on traders from all the local government councils in each state, who will be represented by the Iyalojas and Babalojas from all the local government councils.

“It’s easy for these people to lobby MATAN for Folasade Nurudeen’s immoral ambition, which they know can not be achieved but can cause disunity among traders in the state because they are not genuine traders, most of these people are carpenters, bricklayers, food canteen operators.

“Our leaders have elected, ratified and sworn in the Babaloja-General and Iyaloja-General of Oyo State before the rebellions and saboteurs collaborated with enemies from outside to destabilize the state. The Babaloja-General of Oyo State is Alhaji Sunmaila Aderemi Jimoh while the Iyaloja-General of Oyo State is Alhaja Saratu Aduke Konibaje and there is no controversy to date on their leadership.

“We would appreciate your quick intervention in stopping the proposed installation of Princess Nurudeen on Thursday 22 September 2022, this will calm the tension down and prevent possible breakdown of laws and order in the state.”

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