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Traders defy Akeredolu’s order on market closure

Traders on Wednesday defied Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s orders on closure of markets. They refused to stay back at home. Akeredolu had ordered closure of markets, malls and shops for seven days in the first instance.

He had ordered that only traders in life-saving and sustaining items like food, water and medicals would be allowed to open.

But traders dealing in other items like clothes, tyre, shoes, phones and electronics opened for business on Wednesday. Many of them pretended to lock their shops but were attending to customers. Some big stores at Alagbaka opened for usual businesses. Markets at Isikon, NEPA, Ojo-oba and Erekeson were partially opened.

For instance, at Ojo-Oba, traders waited for the gate to be opened but gates were still shut as at yesterday. Shops owners at a plaza on Oba Adeshida Road crowded in front of the plaza calling on customers.

It was gathered that the government planned to set up a task force to ensure compliance with order.

The police, however, vowed to ensure strict adherence to the government directive. Police commissioner Undie Adie said he would implement forceful action against anyone who intends to violate the order.

Andie warned operators of drinking bars and others alike to close shop until a solution to the pandemic is found.

Nathaniel Udoh

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