Clubs and Hotel owners in Abuja are complaining of low patronage due the increasing spate of violence and insecurity in some parts the country.
Some of the clubs said on Tuesday that the current situation has scared customers, reducing patronage to less than 50 per cent and thereby, affecting their sales.
Igbokwe David, the manager, Ibiza Night Club said that though the business has been drastically affected, “we on our own are trying to help the situation by providing private security services in our premises”.
“And we are assuring people that whoever that comes around is at least 80 per cent secured,” Mr. David said.
He urged customers to assist security operatives in the fight against terrorism by providing relevant information.
The manager of Afro Asia Garden in Wuse Zone 2, Patrick Agboa, said that the garden has increased measures to guarantee adequate security.
Becky Akande, a Business/Administrative consultant, Crystal Palace International Hotel said that the hotel is faced with the challenge of traffic obstruction caused by regular stop-and-search of customers.
Mrs. Akande said that due to insecurity, it became crucial that customers’ luggage are thoroughly searched.
“But some of them get embarrassed by this check and they complain,” she added.
She said that though the hotel has not faced any security threat, “more security personnel and equipment have been employed to ensure peace and security”.
Mrs. Akande, however, said that the situation did not affect level of patronage in the hotel.
Mr Lawrence Ugwu, a customer, said that he was scared to visit clubs for fear of attacks.
Mr. Ugwu explained that in the past, “going to the club was a thing of fun but the insecurity in the country has made such attempts a nightmare”.
He expressed the hope that those making the environment and the country unsafe for the citizens should desist from it “since we are all one”.
Another customer, Patricia Obong, called on Nigerians to pray for lasting peace in the country.
An explosion occurred on June 22 near a popular night club, Krystal Lounge in Wuse 2, Abuja but no casualties were recorded.