September 15, 2017 – Igbo Traders In Kaduna Under Tension Over Fear Of Reprisal Attack From Hausas
Igbo traders in Kaduna closed their shops today following rumour of a looming reprisal by Hausa youths shortly after Friday Jumat service.
The rumoured attack was said to be a response to reported killings of Hausa/Fulanis in Abia State by alleged Biafran agitators.
But the tension fizzled out when there was no such attack anywhere in the state.
Shops owned by Igbo traders at the Sheikh Abubakar Gumi Central Market and the neighbouring markets were hurriedly locked before the Juma’at Prayer.
While many didn’t open for business throughout the day again, others who did in the afternoon could not display their goods.
An Igbo trader at Chechenia Market. Mr. Mark Ibe, said they decided to lock their shops on the strength of rumour on the social media that Thursday’s violence in Jos would spill over to Kaduna yesterday.
“You can even see that I I’m not displaying my wares fully outside and the shop entrance is partly closed.
“This is to avoid destruction. Should anything happen, I can easily disappear.
“The tension affected our business, as those who wanted to buy things couldn’t see us in the shop.
“Some of us may not even open for business for some time to allow tension cool down.”
Meanwhile, security agents paraded the city and normalcy returned around midday.