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Weekly Trust - - News - Chair­man of North bank mar­ket, Nwanya Vice chair­man of the com­mu­nity, Baaki Ayuba Emeka Anyaoku has lived in North bank over 40 years

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.

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