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25 Oct 2018

Business activities resume after Kaduna violence

Business activities resumed on Thursday in Kaduna metropolis after the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew imposed since Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the curfew affected the state metropolis and environs following the outbreak of violence in which 23 people were killed, 17 injured and properties burnt.

Shops were fully opened at the Abubakar Gumi main market, while banks and schools also opened for normal businesses.

However, most electronics and spare parts shops located at the popular Ahmadu Bello way, Lagos street, Ibadan Street, Abeokuta street, and Katsina Road, remain locked.

One of the traders on Lagos street, Mr Sunday Emeka said most Igbo traders were still not comfortable with the situation and would not want to endanger their lives.

Emeka said: “You know how Kaduna crisis is, those who create the crisis don’t have anything to lose, its always the Igbos, who are at the receiving end.”

He commended the Kaduna State government for taking immediate action on the crisis, as it helped to douse the tension.

“We need peace in Kaduna state, the government should take drastic measures against those who are fomenting crisis,” he added.

A shop owner, Aminu Isa, commended the state government for relaxing the curfew, saying it would enable residents “get what we will use to feed our families.

” We depend on our daily income for the survival of our family, so this curfew has really affected us and our family negatively.”

Aminu called on citizen of the state to live in peace with one another irrespective of religious or ethnic differences.

NAN report that security operatives have been deployed to strategic places including banks and other businesses across the city.

(NAN)

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