As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to trigger palpable panic across the globe, safety agents in Osun State on Thursday employed tougher measures to implement closure of weekly market order.
DAILY POST reviews that males of the Nigeria police, alongside operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps had been seen forcefully dispersing traders from the popular Owode market, inflicting severe commotion.
Recall that the state authorities, by way of the Commissioner of Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu, had on Tuesday introduced the indefinite closure of weekly markets in the state, whereas assembly with market leaders, as a part of efforts to curb the unfold of the lethal illness.
Chairman, Ede North Local Council Development Area, Hon Mukaila Uthman, who had earlier arrived the market to watch degree of compliance skilled hectic second in persuading the traders to adjust to authorities’s order, prompting the safety group, led by the Divisional Police Officer for Ede Division, CSP Akin Akanni to intervene.
The Council Chairman, whereas talking with newsmen stated the federal government’s resolution to close down weekly markets throughout the state was a part of the precautionary measures to guard Osun citizenry in opposition to Coronavirus.
He added that since there have been confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 pandemic in neighbouring states, coupled with the index case in the state, it grew to become crucial on the a part of the federal government to be proactive in opposition to additional unfold.
“I need to thank the governor for the proactive measures put in place to include the novel Coronavirus.
“Here in Owode market, we held a gathering with Baba Loja and Iyaloja, based mostly on the instruction given by the governor to adjust to social distancing order, however our individuals don’t need to pay attention.
“Government have tried its greatest, and we’re nonetheless on it. Our individuals are nonetheless not getting it proper. We dispersed them with the assistance of safety personnel. The security of our individuals is our precedence, and we now have to proceed till they obey us.
“When we met with them and a few stated they might not be capable to survive, we defined to them that’s not that we’re closing the market outrightly, however we’re suspending any gathering of individuals for now.
“We have been sensitising them continuously on Coronavirus and how deadly it is, what we are doing now is enforcement”, he stated.