OBOMANU MARVELOUS, ABUJA
Uneasy calm has returned to Apo mechanic village, the hub of car retail and spare parts business in Abuja, after the EndSARS protest turned violent on Monday.
Hoodlums had hijacked the protest and burnt cars, shops and traders wares at both the mechanic village and Kabusa food stuff market.
Some of the traders whose cars were burnt estimated that they lost over 75 million naira in the Monday incident.
As the traders recount their losses and security men keep vigil to forestall any recurrence of Monday’s incident, some of the traders say the Monday episode was not an endsars protest. They said hoodlums hijacked the protest to execute a pre-meditated arson and looting
Some of the vegetable and food stuff dealers regretted that a number of them escaped the insecurity in Katsina state to Abuja to pick up the pieces of their lives but have now become victims of another round of violence and destruction of their wares.
Meanwhile security sources told signature TV that suspicion has developed between the motor dealers who are mostly from the eastern states and the northern vegetable and foodstuff dealers who now accuse each other of masterminding Monday’s violence.