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Security operatives disperse traders for flouting Osun government order on market closure


• State seals hotel, quarantines workers after patient’s stay
• We can’t survive lockdown, say traders
• Assembly speaker distributes sanitisers, wash-hand tanks to motor parks

Osun traders at the popular Owode Market in Ede North Local Council Development Area, Owode Ede, were yesterday dispersed by security operatives for flouting government’s restrictive order.

The Council Chairman, Mr. Mukaila Uthman, who arrived at the market as early as 8.00 a.m. in the morning to monitor level of compliance and educate them on the need to adhere strictly to the state government directive, tried to persuade them but they refused to comply.

It took the intervention of the men of the Nigerian Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Ede Division, CSP Akanni, to disperse the traders who refused to comply with the government’s detective.


He, therefore, warned people against loitering at markets, urging them to leave immediately after performing their transactions.

Some of the traders, who spoke with The Guardian, lamented that they could not sustain themselves without trading. They said the lockdown would have adverse effect on them.

Also, the state government has sealed-off a hotel in Osogbo, the state capital, after the first Coronavirus patient in the state lodged into it and had contacts with the hotel workers.

The government also quarantined members of staff of the hotel who had had contact with the case.

Special Adviser to Osun State Governor on Public Health, Siji Olamiju, said a special task force had begun contact-tracing of other persons that might have had contact with the patient.

Olamiju said some workers of the hotel were already quarantined while their samples had been got for test.

However, the Osun State House of Assembly Speaker, Mr. Timothy Owoeye, has distributed hand sanitisers, wash-hand tanks and soaps to some motor parks in Osogbo and Ilesa towns.

He said the step was to assuage the fear of contracting the disease through public transport.

The Speaker urged the people to bear the inconveniences the social restriction order and closure of markets might cause them.


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