How quarrel among tricycle operators caused stampede in Umuahia
By Steve Oko
Dispute that erupted among tricycle operators caused panic, Monday in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, as residents fled to different directions.
According to eye witness account, two factions of tricycle operators were having hot argument at the popular Isi Gate region of the town when one of the arrow heads threatened to invite ‘his boys’.
He was said to have sped off at once ostensibly for reinforcement.
No sooner had he left than shouts of “ha abiala ooo” (they have come) rented the atmosphere, which was misinterpreted by some people in the vicinity to mean that the enforcers of the Monday sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB had stormed the town.
This led to stampede as residents scampered for safety over rumours of the presence of enforcers of the suspended sit-at-home order.
Normal life and economic activities had gone on as usual in the morning until around 11:00am when the rumour filtered in that enforcers of the sit-at-home order were in town.
As the rumour spread like wild fire, residents who had gone out for the day’s business fled to different directions.
Shop owners in the town including traders at Isi Gate and Orieugba relief market quickly shut down and scampered for safety.
Banks which had already commenced operation for the day also closed abruptly for fear of the unknown.
It was almost a stampede as tricycle operators and vehicles were seen driving on high speed to move out of danger in the ensuing confusion.
As tension and fear of the unknown continued to spread across the city some residents were seen rushing to pick up their children from school.
IPOB has since announced the suspension of the order but some cities across South East still remain locked down on Mondays despite the suspension.
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