Early customers that stormed the Sabon Tasha market in Kaduna metropolis to shop for ingredients which they have been short of for days were shocked by the high prices demanded by the sellers, as business resumed, following the relaxing of curfew by the Kaduna State Government.
When AUTHENTIC News Daily first visited the market around 8:40am, only few traders were seen, with prospective customers seen desperately searching for ingredients, especially onions.
On a return visit to same market an hour later, it was observed that though the sellers of such sought for ingredients, especially vegetables, had arrived and were making brisk sales even though they were demanding exorbitant rates.
A single bulb of onion which is usually sold for N10 or N20 was being sold for N50 grudgingly by the traders.
This is because, they were selling about three pieces for N200 to the desperate buyers.
It was observed that the traders, from different ethnic groups and religions were united by business, exchanging hugs and pleasantries, apparently happy to see each other after three days of 24-hour curfew was relaxed.
A trader, who simply identified herself as Mama Nkechi who sells cooking oils and grains expressed joy that business had resumed. She was even happier to see that no harm befell any of her neighbours at the market.
“As you can see, we are happy to be back to business. It was unfortunate that the crises affected us. We business people are one, we don’t differentiate between religion or ethnic group,” she told AUTHENTIC News Daily.
Another trader, Malam Abubakar Mai Alubasa said they thank God the curfew was relaxed. He said that in the market they are one, in spite if religious and ethnic differences.