“The only thing that threatens the continuation of the market was what happened on Monday; it is ungodly for terrorists to use poor people like us as preys,’’ a trader said.
The Monday bomb blast at the Nyanya bus terminus, a suburb of Abuja, has forced traders and customers patronising the Nyanya Wednesday Weekly Market to relocate to the main market in the area.
The market, described by many as a “mini-export processing zone,” was on Wednesday shut down by the Federal Government to secure the area for investigation into the bomb blast.
The market covers a large expanse of land which stretches to the Abuja-Keffi Expressway on Nyanya-Karu axis.
The market had become a rallying point for both traders and buyers.
Some of the traders and customers described the attack on the park as a direct attack on their livelihood.
Some traders, who made their way to the market with their wares, were asked by security agents keeping watch at the scene of the bomb blast, to go to the main Nyanya market.
One of the traders, a shoe dealer, Emenike Chudi, said “I am completely stranded; this is the place to make quick sales. In fact I do not have a shop inside the market.’’
Another trader, Adeaze Okoro, said the weekly market had given many people the opportunity to make brisk business.
“I am, however, not surprised by today’s directive not to sell. It will be dangerous to allow us run the market for now.
“Traders from far north, and even from Onitsha and Benue, bring their wares to sell. The local traders who reside in Nyanya see this as a blessing because unsold materials are never returned,’’ Mr. Okoro said.
Another trader, James Abdullahi, who manages an electronic warehouse in the market, said “the sale I make every Wednesday here, supersedes sales of the rest days and so I have lost so much today.
“The only thing that threatens the continuation of the market was what happened on Monday; it is ungodly for terrorists to use poor people like us as preys,’’ Mr. Abdullahi said.
Another trader, Yusuf Maikudi, said the market had afforded him the opportunity to improve his business in Lafia.
“The sudden shutdown of this place will affect me greatly,” Mr. Maikudi said.
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