Commuters in different areas of the Kaduna metropolis were on Sunday stranded, following the bombing of St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Angwar Yero, Bardarawa area of Malali, Kaduna, earlier in the day and ensuing reprisal attacks.
Many drivers of commercial vehicles scampered to bushes, parks and police stations, to escape reprisal attacks for the church attack.
Commuters were seen in their hundreds trekking from Sabo market to Television Garage, while others trekked from Television Garage to Stadium Roundabout.
Besides, many people were seen trekking from Ahmadu Bello Way to Kawo and Kassuwa to Angwar-Rimi.
Some of the commuters, who were seen soliciting the assistance of private motorists for ride to their various destinations, narrated their ordeal .
Mrs Joy Onum, a resident of the Sabo neighbourhood, said that she and her three children trekked from NNPC Refinery Junction to Television Garage.
“My house at Gonigora is still faraway but we were coming from our church in Kamazoo; I pray we get home because the town is tense,’’ she said.
Onum, however, said that no commercial driver would be blamed for staying off the road, as the people had to play safe because of the fear of reprisal attacks.
Another resident, Mr Bako Sunday, said that the explosion had appreciably heightened tension in the city.
“We are afraid of further violence by irate youths because we have yet to fully recover from the June bomb-blast reprisal attacks,’’ he said.
Hundreds of residents have taken refuge at the Joint (Military) Task Force’s camp in Sabo, while others were seeking protection at Barnawa Police Station.