northerners flee anambra over fear of reprisal

Published On: January 7, 2012, 2:55 pm
Author: ayo ogundele
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BY VINCENT UJUMADU

AWKA-FOLLOWING the threat by the secterian group, Boko Haram, asking Christians in the Northern part of the country to leave the area within three days, an ultimatum that expired yesterday, many northerners residing in various parts of Anambra State have been deserting their places of business and fleeing to unknown places.



Though there was no threat to their lives whatsoever in any part of the state, some of them said they did not want to take chances, in view of the warning by the Boko Haram sect.

In Awka, most of the northerners who serve as security guards and foreign exchange traders were seen moving in groups to the border town of Amansea in Awka which has a large concentration of northerners.

It was not clear yesterday if they intended to depart the state completely, but many house holds that engaged their services said they returned from New Year celebration only to discover that their guards had abandoned their duty posts.

At a popular residential estate in Awka GRA, the northerners guarding the area approached their employers yesterday demanding that they be paid off because they were afraid to continue with the job. Not even the assurances of the residents could make them change their mind as they moved out soon after collecting their money.

Suya spots in the town have also disappeared, while some of the popular yam, onion and tomato markets did not have commodities yesterday because the trailer drivers bringing them did not come.

One of the guards, Mohammed, said: "It is not that we do not like to remain here. The reason we want to leave is due to the threat by Boko Haram which made our people to ask us to return immediately."

He, however, promised that they would come back when the situation of things normalized.

The popular Bridge Head goat market in Onitsha has also been deserted as the northerners selling in the market could not be seen.


-- purityjustice (m) at 7-01-2012 06:10PM
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ABOKI MUST GO Grin Grin
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-- Bachelorette (m) at 7-01-2012 06:14PM
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Yes ohhh...Aboki must go!!!!

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-- brainline (m) at 7-01-2012 06:16PM
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na waooo....
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-- Bachelorette (m) at 7-01-2012 06:19PM
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Pack your load and Go, Aboki!!!

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-- babebose (f) at 7-01-2012 06:28PM
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well, it has come to that. its  probably for the best
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-- Simon-Zeletus (m) at 7-01-2012 06:30PM
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This is very bad in our country, this can lead to civil war if care is not take
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-- Riverniger1 (m) at 7-01-2012 06:37PM
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I smell war coming

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-- guffer (m) at 7-01-2012 06:42PM
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this is the socio-economic importance of all of us Nigerians living together in harmony, but quite unfortunately some belligerent idiots don't understand that
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-- otagermo (m) at 7-01-2012 06:45PM
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you can see that this abokis in the east valued their life more than my igbo brothers living in the north.......no one is attacking them there in the east still...they took the best step foward......why is it that my fellow igbos living in the northern nigeria too greedy over their money and properties?Huh??? this beast are killing them every day...still...they refused to leave that zone........


this is one BIG reason why we the igbos can never stick together.....we valued money more than our lives and are ready to sabotage our brother just to get money and to be answering......igwe amadioha of ndi igbo.............they should also know that....life has no duplicate.
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-- ugoreal (m) at 7-01-2012 06:48PM
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SOME HOW I DIN'T BLAME THE NORTHERNERS THAT IS MOVING FROM ANAMBRA STATE, IS NOT THERE FAULT BUT ALL THE SAME, BUT WHEN YOU THINK OF THERE REASON OF MOVING IT SHOW THAT THEY OBEY BOKO HARAM MORE ANYONE.
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-- Aknankanan (m) at 7-01-2012 06:55PM
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guess no more suya 4 some states! Grin
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-- faggo (m) at 7-01-2012 06:57PM
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Quote from: otagermo on  7-01-2012 06:45PM
you can see that this abokis in the east valued their life more than my igbo brothers living in the north.......no one is attacking them there in the east still...they took the best step foward......why is it that my fellow igbos living in the northern nigeria too greedy over their money and properties?Huh??? this beast are killing them every day...still...they refused to leave that zone........


this is one BIG reason why we the igbos can never stick together.....we valued money more than our lives and are ready to sabotage our brother just to get money and to be answering......igwe amadioha of ndi igbo.............they should also know that....life has no duplicate.
Ia because dispite with all the problem in north still north  is more secure then the south
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-- Aknankanan (m) at 7-01-2012 06:59PM
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Quote from: ugoreal on  7-01-2012 06:48PM
SOME HOW I DIN'T BLAME THE NORTHERNERS THAT IS MOVING FROM ANAMBRA STATE, IS NOT THERE FAULT BUT ALL THE SAME, BUT WHEN YOU THINK OF THERE REASON OF MOVING IT SHOW THAT THEY OBEY BOKO HARAM MORE ANYONE.
MR.that is not obeying,that is being afraid of what might happen if they stay,boko haram might attack anytime, and southerners might also attack fight back,and the wuld be the victims!
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-- seungbadebo (f) at 7-01-2012 07:03PM
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am i the only who see this story differently? the reason why these abokis are leaving maybe a way of escaping any retaliation after boko haram carry out their threats on christians living in the north. i have lived among abokis b4 and i can tell u they are good at passing messages across discreetly. i can sense that these pple are planning a major attack on the xtians in the north and some sort of message has been passed across to the abokis in the south n east to flee so as to escape any form of retaliation.. we really have to be very smart and think forward at this pressing time. my hypothesis may be wrong though but am just being smart.
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-- SaMmY26 (m) at 7-01-2012 07:04PM
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 Grin Okay, Safe Journey Aboki  Grin
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-- seungbadebo (f) at 7-01-2012 07:05PM
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Quote from: Aknankanan on  7-01-2012 06:59PM
MR.that is not obeying,that is being afraid of what might happen if they stay,boko haram might attack anytime, and southerners might also attack fight back,and the wuld be the victims!
i see we are thinking in the same direction. thats very thoughtful of u!
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-- SaMmY26 (m) at 7-01-2012 07:06PM
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Quote from: seungbadebo on  7-01-2012 07:03PM
am i the only who see this story differently? the reason why these abokis are leaving maybe a way of escaping any retaliation after boko haram carry out their threats on christians living in the north. i have lived among abokis b4 and i can tell u they are good at passing messages across discreetly. i can sense that these pple are planning a major attack on the xtians in the north and some sort of message has been passed across to the abokis in the south n east to flee so as to escape any form of retaliation.. we really have to be very smart and think forward at this pressing time. my hypothesis may be wrong though but am just being smart.

Baby, Tell them, let them hear wella

Baba God Noni.......
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-- estilizo (f) at 7-01-2012 07:08PM
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Trouble everywhere,the country is dividing gradually....I pray this doesn't result in too many "had we known".May peace be restored in Nigeria,Amen!

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-- Dankan (m) at 7-01-2012 07:09PM
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ABOKI WAIT A BIT.........
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