Fear grips Bauchi residents

FOLLOWING Monday evening bomb explosion at the Central Market in Bauchi, commercial activities in the state capital as of Tuesday afternoon were on the low side, even as fear gripped the people.

No fewer than 16 people lost their lives with about 25 injured in the bomb blast in which property worth millions of Naira were destroyed.

When the Nigerian Tribune visited the scene of the blast on Tuesday, the market had been shot down, while many shop owners in adjoining surroundings did not open for business.

Tension still pervaded the environment, as people were clearing the debris in the market, even as members of local vigilance groups were seen securing the area, checking people coming and going around the market thoroughly.

Smoke was still coming out of the affected shops as people were assisting to put out the flames, while shop owners were seen salvaging what remained of their razed shops.

Meanwhile, commercial activities were seriously being affected in Bauchi, as residents shunned markets in the metropolis, including Wunti and Muda Lawal markets for fear of being caught in any explosion.

A few traders and customers were seen transacting business at the two markets, particularly at the Muda Lawal market, which used to be a bee hive of activities, particularly in the mornings and evenings.

A pepper seller at Wunti market, who simply identified himself as Badamasi, while speaking with the Nigerian Tribune lamented the bomb explosion at the central market, saying that there was no doubt that it would affect other markets in the metropolis.