A respondent, who simply gave his name as Uke, said he was surprised that no one harassed or kidnap him during his first visit to North Bank after having spent at least one and a half years in Makurdi metropolis before stepping into the area.
“I was actually transferred from the southern part of the country to Benue State but when I resumed work at our office in Makurdi, I was told a lot of bizarre stories about the North Bank suburb. I was told that even in broad daylight; I could be kidnapped or harassed by cult boys.
“So for nearly two years, I couldn’t dare cross the bridge from the main town to North Bank for fear of molestation until a certain day when I was pressured by work to visit one of the institutions located here. I came and discovered that the place was bubbling, and ever since I have been visiting the area. Though bad things happen here like in every other suburb across the country but the good also have a place here,” Uke opined.
Interestingly, the residents’ perception of their environment describes North Bank as one of the most affordable, accessible and befitting metropolitan environments which suits their socio-economic status.
And so, despite the assumed ugly side of North Bank, those who prefer to hang on there by choice or lack of money continue to move on with their lives while others who have stepped up the ladder migrate to the finer side of the suburb.