Bauchi-Following Sunday’s suicide attack at St John Catholic Church, Bauchi where three people were killed and many critically injured, spare parts dealers mainly of Igbos extraction in Bauchi State closed their businesses to mourn the victims of the bomb attack.
Vanguard Newspapers monitored the situation and reports that , nearly all the shops were closed, many streets looked deserted. Business activities were lowkeyed as the few people seen with long faces.
Mr Martin Nwakaibeya, the Chairman of the National Auto Spare Parts Dealers in the state said they had to close shop to honour those killed and injured in the bomb blast. Nwakaibeya disclosed that two people were killed while six others seriously injured are in the hospital as a result of the suicide attack.
“It is a very painful experience and we felt since they are a part of us we should show our solidarity to their bereaved and grieving families. We are closing pour shops for the day.”
Meanwhile, husband of Mrs Gloria, who was killed along with her close friend, Mrs Veronica Osi has expressed disappointment with the presidency and the state government over their inability to address the security challenge in the country and in the state.
Mr Paul Onwe from Ohukwu in Ebonyi State who wept as he recalled the last moments he spent with his wife ,a mother of one and described her death as sad and painful.
“I feel the pain seriously. That day after church she was going for visitation with her friend. They were waiting for KAKE NAPEN when the bomber struck.
“I went everywhere looking for her until I saw her corpse in the mortuary. Let the president and even the governor resign if they cannot protect the lives of innocent citizens.”
Husband of Veronica, Mr Benedict Osi from Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State could not stop the tears as he mourn his wife, a mother of seven child and two grandchildren.