Following the three months eviction
order given to Igbos living in the northern part of the country to
vacate or face dare consequences by Arewa youths, northerners living in
Enugu State have tactically started relocating to their home states,
Nigerian Pilot reports.
Before the last Ramadan, it was also
gathered that the northern men sent many of their wives and children
home while they stayed behind to buy time and watch how events unfold.
Nigerian Pilot also reports that the commercial tricycle riders of
northern origin, who used to ply the New Gariki route where cows are
being sold, had drastically reduced in number while some of them that
owned the tricycles they ride had put them up for sale in readiness to
move any moment they smell something fishy.
The source, who is an Igbo trader at the
New Gariki Market, also said that as a result of the exodus, they were
now having low patronage since most of their northern customers were
nowhere to be found
“Since the notice to vacate the north
was issued, some northerners have started moving out. They started
moving before the Ramadan by sending their wives and children home in
the guise of celebrating the Eid el Fitri. Even after the Ramadan, the
movement has continued. We are not selling anything again,” he
In the same vein, the northerners doing
business at Gariki Market are also reducing in number. A trader in the
market said that the northern youths that used to push wheelbarrows were
equally disappearing. She said that the park where the northern youths
used to play football in the evening was now practically deserted.
She also noted that the number of shoe
menders and nail cutters of northern origin at Garriki Market was
depleting by the day. However, efforts to speak with the northern
leaders in Enugu State could not yield dividend at the time of filing
this report. Secretary of the Enugu Goat Market, Hamsa Buba, could not
respond to calls to his phone.