In spite of the rising violence of Badoo cult group in the Ikorodu area of Lagos state, the residents have now grown more security conscious by employing the means of whistle-blowing against any suspicion.
As a result of this, the prices of whistles have now hiked in the local markets around Ikorodu area to an up-shoot of #200 or #250 from the initial #100 price.
Some of the market sellers that spoke with Vanguard attested to the unusual demands of whistles made them switch their business to the fast-profiting whistle sales.
“I was initially selling snacks, but when I saw that some traders were making swift sales from hawking whistles, I decided to join them.
“I investigated where they sourced whistles wholesale and I swiftly joined them. I now hawk whistles in my neighbourhood”, Mrs. Tifase Abiola, mentioned.
Mr. Muhammed Mutiu, a dealer in books, who suddenly ventured to the whistle business, said he has been making wholesome sales.
“Initially, I was selling books on wholesale, but when I discovered that a lot of hawkers in the market were going to Tom Jones market in Lagos Island to buy whistles, I decided to join them.
“I went to the market, bought in wholesale and to my surprise, it has been very rewarding as people from the Ikorodu hinterlands also now come to the market to buy in bulk,” he said.
Whistles are not items we sell everyday, but in the last two weeks, the demand for the item around here has compelled me to invest in the business”, Deji Onigunseye, another trader affirmed.
This development is coming after the Community Development Association (CDA) officials in Ikorodu have sensitized residents of the area on the need to have whistles, especially at night, to enable them to be able to alert their neighbours of any unusual developments.
However, the Lagos Police Commands also assured the residents of Ikorodu peaceful livelihood as the intend to embark on some serious security operations.