Boko Haram: Lagos, Enugu Traders Panic

Some Lagos and Enugu residents have been gripped by fear following the recent announcement by the Department of State Security (DSS) that the dreaded Boko Haram sect had moved to these states.

Boko Haram Leader

According to Badmus Aboderin, the Baba Oloja (market leader) at Owotuntun, Okrika, Kaatangwa market, Lagos, they have been holding prayer sessions and holding meetings with security agencies to secure the market from Boko Haram attack since the announcement was made.

Traders at Oba Ogunji market, Agege, Lagos, are also in panic and are taking measures to safeguard the market.

The market’s general secretary, Alhaji Lukman Lamidi, said: “We’re afraid because we don’t want anybody to destroy our market or Lagos for us, which is why we drive everyone away from the market by 6.30pm daily.”

In Enugu, traders in major markets like Ogbete main market, Artisan market, Kenyata market, Mami market, New Haven market, Mayor market and Relief market are also tense over the announcement.

Obinna Ozo, who deals in curtains and fabrics in Kenyata market, said most traders in the market are worried and apprehensive.

He therefore appealed to the state and federal governments to beef up security in the market.

Details on The Punch.