By Archibong Jeremiah
The chaos which disrupted the #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality and #EndBadGovernance protest in Calabar, the Cross River State capital has been brought under control.
The people’s paradise has been in total darkness since the looting spree began on Friday afternoon, 23rd October, 2020. Haven extended the 24 hours curfew, security operatives are around strategic locations implementing the restriction.
As normalcy returns, economic, social and other activities in the Calabar has remained grounded. The price of commodities and transportation fare has skyrocketed.
Petrol stations in the State capital has been closed since Friday evening leaving residents to rely on black marketers who sale a litre of fuel N600, kerosene previously sold between N230 and N250 in filling stations and N300 by black marketers is now between N400 and N500, petrol stations remain closed.
Keke and motorcycles now charge N100 for distance previously billed N50, while taxi or mini bus is N150. 20 litres of water, paint bucket or gallon previously sold N10 is now N50 and N100 in some parts, a cup of garri is N50 while some still sell three cups N200.
As all the Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) in 8 Miles and some parts are damaged, residents rely on POS agents who are yet to increase their fee per transaction.