Nyanya market: Repeated bombings scare customers, traders
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.