For two days after the Presidential and National Assembly elections, markets, banks and offices in Kaduna were closed because of fear of uncertainties, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
A check by NAN reveals that only a few civil servants were at the Olusegun Obasanjo State Secretariat, where most offices were closed as workers remained at home. Security personnel have been deployed to the secretariat while Nigerians awaited the announcement of the presidential election results.
Some banks also remained closed while the Kaduna Central Market was also under lock.
NAN reports, however, that a few traders had displayed their wares along the roads leading to the market.
Yusuf Yaquba, an onions seller, said most traders were afraid of coming out to avoid violence that may erupt after the announcement of the presidential election results. A trader of perishable goods, Ibrahim Yakubu, said he was making brisk business, adding, “As you can see, I am the only one selling tomatoes here as against before when we are many.’’
A provisions kiosk operator on Yoruba Road, Malam Danazumi Maraya, said the level of patronage was higher because of the closure of markets.
A commercial tricycle operator, Bashir Idris, however, complained that there were no passengers as most residents remained at home.
NAN reports that some of the streets have been taken over by youths playing football due to light traffic.
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