Shoppers besiege markets in Kaduna ahead of polls

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Kaduna- Shoppers on Friday besieged major markets Kaduna to stock-up essential supplies ahead of the presidential election, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Some of the residents spoke with NAN correspondent at the Central Market, said they had been advised by religious leaders and friends to make the necessary preparation.

NAN reports that the market was full, with and children rushing to buy mostly foodstuffs and other perishables.

Talatu Daria, a housewife, said:“ We were told Church to ensure we had food in the house.”

Rachael Amadi, a civil servant, said:“ I am just getting my salary, so am shopping case the government imposes curfew, to ensure our safety.“

Anoher civil servant, Dogo, complained that the prices of food items had increased.

“It is not that traders have to increase the prices without any reason.

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“ I just spent N4, 000 just one small bag with more to buy.”

A section of shopowners admitted that there was a slight increase the prices of goods due to high cost of transportation, as truck owners were unwilling to bring in goods.

“ Most of those willing to come are demanding for more money which we have to give.

“ Drivers are complaining that they do not want to travel and get stranded when they finally deliver the goods,  one of the traders, Abdullahi Tijjani, said.

Meanwhile, traffic was light on the streets of Kaduna as many residents had travelled to where they registered to cast their votes on Saturday. (NAN)