The Sasa Market Traders Association in Ibadan has accused the Serikin Sasa of Ibadanland, Alhaji Haruna Katsina Maiyasin, of victimizing its members and disrupting trading activities in the market.
Speaking with reporters in Ibadan on Saturday, some leaders of the association alleged that the monarch and members of his family have constituted threat to them, their families and businesses over the years for daring to take over the management of the market from them (Maiyasins).
Part of the strategies to get them out circulation, they said, included cooking up allegations against them and reporting same to security agencies, which had resulted in their suffering incarceration at different times and different detention centres within the state.
They alleged that after exhausting his credibility among the security personnel within the state, the monarch is now using the Special Fraud Unit of the Nigeria Police Force, Alagbon to place them on the wrong side of the law at all cost.
Kuranga Ismail Bamidele, Secretary General of the association, who spoke on behalf of the leaders present, said Serikin Sasa was fond of dropping the names of Nigerian leaders at every particular time to perpetrate the alleged harassment and intimidation against their vocal members.
“Certain time, the Serikin Sasa named us as Boko Haram members and some of us were arrested, but were later released after two days when investigation revealed that the allegations were false,” he said as he called on President Muhammadu Buhari, Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi and the Inspector General of Police Abubakar Idris to came to their rescue in order to stop further abuse of their members.
Bamidele traced the genesis of the crisis to the time the traders got their association registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and subsequently stopped the monarch’s domination of the market affairs in line with the rules spelt out as conditions for effective running of the association.
He said the monarch had over the years being the sole administrator of the market and Sasa community. But that they had to take over the management of the market after the registration since it was part of the rules that non-members are forbidden from having a say in the management of the association.
The association also added that they have been paying their dues collective and individually to the state and local government in charge of their jurisdiction, wondering why they were not allowed to enjoy their peace.
However, the monarch could not respond to the allegations against him as he claimed to be indisposed when contacted for response.