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The #EndSARS protests, violence and tension arising from the nationwide demonstrations have crippled business activities in Ibadan Oyo state.
Since Wednesday, an observation by our Correspondent in Ibadan revealed that shops, stores and other small businesses have been under lock and key with owners afraid to open for business.
The fear and apprehension of business owners began on Monday when hoodlums and thugs started looting and breaking into shops along Iwo road, a popular metropolis in Ibadan.
The looting continued into Tuesday and Wednesday, until policemen and the hoodlums started exchanging gunshots in Idi Ape area of Ibadan.
The gun shits were loud and intense that many residents of Ibadan scampered for safety, with several shop owners locking up for fear of being hit by stray bullets
An eyewitness who spoke to Standard Gazette revealed that he had to lay down in his office for fear his life.
“I was speaking with one of my colleagues in the office when we started hearing loud gun shots. I had to quickly lay on the floor so as not to be hit by stray bullets. I was almost not coming to work on Wednesday because we heard there would be violence along Iwo road, since the protests have been going on”, a Laboratory attendant who pleaded anonymity said.
When our correspondent took a walk along Bashorun road leading to Akobo, popular super markets, stores, shops, gas stations and even filling stations were all shut.
Some shops were however partly opened with owners and attendants hanging around waiting for suspected customers.
Our correspondent asked one of them on her comment on the tension crippling sale, she said; “I am shop owner, but I can’t open properly for fear of my goods being looted. Several shops were looted yesterday and I can’t afford to have my shop looted.”
Meanwhile, the Oyo State Police Command has barricaded the roads along Idi Ape leading to Iwo road, following tension arising from gunshots on Wednesday.
The police station road in the area was cordoned off preventing motorists and pedestrians from plying the road.