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Ortom orders arrest of sit-at-home order violators


Goes for COVID-19 test with the deputy, commissioner
• Mohammed promises palliatives

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has ordered security agents to arrest any trader that violates the stay-at-home order that started on Tuesday.

He gave this order while on a visit to five major markets within Makurdi metropolis to ascertain the level of compliance to the shutdown directive.


Ortom had earlier in the week directed that all markets in the state be closed for two weeks, to curtail the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Addressing traders at Wadata, Wurukum, North Bank and Makurdi markets on Wednesday, the governor intimated that the state government would fumigate major markets in Makurdi as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

He said during the fumigation exercise, which began yesterday (Thursday), he would not want to see traders around the markets.


The Guardian, on a visit to the markets, observed that the level of compliance was low, save the Modern Market that completely shut down.

Meanwhile, Ortom and his deputy, Benson Abounu, have voluntarily gone for COVID-19 test, along with the Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, David Olofu.

According to Ortom, it is right for everyone to do the test, not only when they notice symptoms of the disease.


He encouraged Benue people to also present themselves for the test, as doing so would help to contain the spread of the disease.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Trever Akase, the governor stressed that there was nothing shameful about knowing ones COVID-19 status.

In another vein, Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed, who is currently in isolation for being COVID-19 positive, has promised to assuage the hardship of the residents under lockdown by approving relief packages.


Mohammed said the gesture was to alleviate the sufferings caused by the pandemic.

“By nature of this isolation, by the grace of Allah, up till this moment, I have remained very stable. I think I am very well, but I will continue to be in isolation to comply with advice of the physicians.

“Our team in the state under the chairmanship of Senator Baba Tela is doing good. So far, we are discussing with our colleagues (governors), and I must thank our president for the palliative to Nigerians at this critical time,” he said.


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