Kuje: Shops re­main shut as se­cu­rity cordon-off blast scene

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah

Busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties in Kuje have been par­a­lyzed fol­low­ing last Fri­day night’s bomb blast at the en­trance of Kuje main mar­ket which left 15 peo­ple dead and 17 oth­ers in­jured.

City News ob­served that some shops lo­cated by the sec­re­tar­iat junction down to Ung­war Ka­yarda junction, which is di­rectly op­po­site the blast scene have re­mained un­der lock and key.

A cross sec­tion of res­i­dents who spoke with our re­porter said many shop own­ers were still in shock and so could not open their shops. A shop owner who deals in elec­tron­ics close to the mar­ket, Mr. Uchenna Uzomma, said he came the next morn­ing af­ter corpses had been evac­u­ated in or­der to open his shop but was pre­vented from do­ing so by se­cu­rity agents man­ning the blast scene.

“In fact, I tried to open my shop the next day af­ter the in­ci­dent but none of us were al­lowed to do so as se­cu­rity men have bar­ri­caded the place, even mo­tor­cy­cles and ve­hi­cles pass­ing through the place were pre­vented,” he said. He said the se­cu­rity men in­formed all the traders whose shops were lo­cated close to the mar­ket to wait un­til af­ter chem­i­cals were spread at the blast scene.

“But my worry is that I don’t have money at home to take care for my fam­ily. It is through the busi­ness that I raise money to feed my fam­ily, pay chil­dren school fees and house rent. I hope gov­ern­ment will ur­gently do some­thing to clear the place so that shop own­ers would be al­lowed to re­sume busi­ness,” he added.

A Civil De­fence of­fi­cer at the scene, who pre­ferred anonymity, con­fided in our re­porter that shop own­ers were pre­vented from open­ing shops in or­der to use chem­i­cals to clean the place in case of any out­break of in­fec­tions. “As you see, even mo­tor­cy­cles and mo­torists have to di­vert through the junction that leads to Gomo’s palace, since the place was bar­ri­caded,” he said.

Our re­porter fur­ther ob­served a heavy ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic caused by the di­ver­sion.

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