Nyanya mar­ket: Re­peated bomb­ings scare cus­tomers, traders

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE -

to be a melt­ing pot for petty trad­ing, is grad­u­ally be­com­ing de­serted, with only the bold and dar­ing still go­ing there.

“Def­i­nitely, you would not want to die and leave your fam­ily. If not be­cause it is work and that is what we signed for, some of us would not have been here by now,” Ali David Em­manuel, the as­sis­tant man­ager in charge of the mar­ket’s ad­min­is­tra­tion re­sponded to a ques­tion asked by one of our re­porters.

He con­tin­ued, “The mar­ket is greatly af­fected by in­sur­gency be­cause no­body wants to die.”

A man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of a trans­port com­pany with its of­fice near the mar­ket, Ifeanyi On­woye said peo­ple are liv­ing in fear, “They don’t come out the way they used to come, to the ex­tent that they are afraid of trav­el­ling,” he said.

On­woye said the re­cent ex­plo­sions in the area have drained the mar­kets of its crowd.

“The usual Wed­nes­day mar­ket is very scanty com­pared to how it used to be,”he said.

The as­sis­tant man­ager, Ali cor­rob­o­rated On­woye say­ing peo­ple are now scared of com­ing to the mar­ket de­spite the heavy pres­ence of mil­i­tary per­son­nel at three near the mar­ket.

“You can look at it to­day, this is past 12 al­ready and you can see the pop­u­la­tion is so scanty. I want to be­lieve that a lot of them are scared of com­ing to the mar­ket un­like be­fore,” he said, adding that by his own as­sess­ment, the crowd in the mar­ket has dropped by 50 per­cent.

Mrs. Ye­tunde Akeem is ob­vi­ously among res­i­dents that ac­count for the 50 per­cent pa­tron­age re­duc­tion in the mar­ket. The en­trepreneur that re­sides in Fed­eral Hous­ing Author­ity Es­tate, Nyanya, said

lo­ca­tions not only did she stop go­ing to the mar­ket, she avoids go­ing near it since the Nyanya Mo­tor Park bomb­ing in 2014.

De­spite the low pa­tron­age and se­cu­rity con­cerns, traders said they have nowhere else to go or other things to do.

Amaka Iheanyahuru sells chil­dren cloth­ing at the mar­ket. She said she makes lower sales since the re­cent bomb blast. De­spite sum­mon­ing courage to come to the mar­ket, she said it is dis­cour­ag­ing not to make enough sales hav­ing put her life on the line.

Photo Zeenat Ab­dul­razeez

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