Bomb blasts: Kuje res­i­dents ex­pe­ri­ence hard­ship

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Olayemi John-Mensah & Zeenat Ab­dul­hazeez

For the res­i­dents of Kuje in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) ac­tiv­i­ties and lives have not been the same since last Fri­day’s bomb ex­plo­sion that rocked the com­mu­nity.

Some of the res­i­dents yesterday re­counted their or­deal to our re­porters since the in­ci­dence.

A com­mer­cial mo­tor­cy­cle rider Fes­tus Odekunle said busi­ness has been very dull since the in­ci­dence adding that the nor­mal route has been blocked by se­cu­rity men due to the bomb blast.

He ex­plained that they have to pass through long dis­tances to cut off the bar­ri­caded route to con­vey pas­sen­gers.

For Ab­dul­rah­man Musa, he said he has not come out since the in­ci­dence say­ing that one has to be care­ful on mov­ing around. “For se­cu­rity pur­pose we have to be care­ful. One may come out and any­thing can hap­pen, ev­ery­body needs to be se­cu­rity cau­tious. Peo­ple are afraid,” he said.

The shock of the in­ci­dence also af­fected com­mer­cial taxi driver as Mr. Boni­face Utom who ply Kuje to Giri junction said though he was not around when the un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dence hap­pened he re­turned from his jour­ney and heard that his neigh­bour’s wife and child had died in the blast.

A trader, Mama David selling goods close to the bus stop where the in­ci­dent oc­curred, said she had al­ready close on that fate­ful day.

A com­mer­cial mo­tor­cy­cle rider, Adamu Muhammed said the at­tack af­fected their busi­ness and peo­ple do not pa­tron­ize them any­more.

Teach­ers from Ji­gawa State at the World Teach­ers Day in Abuja on Mon­day.

PHOTO Ab­dul Musa

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