COVID-19: Security Operatives Disperse Traders in Owode-Ede, As LG Chairman Pleads For Compliance

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By Abimbola Abatta, Osogbo

As part of the actions to curb the spread of Coronavirus in Osun, Traders at the popular Owode market, Ede North Local Council Development Area, Owode Ede were on Thursday dispersed by security operatives.

This is coming after the state government had directed that all markets on a weekly basis across the State be suspended indefinitely.

However, this morning, traders were seen defying the government’s order as they gathered for business transaction as usual.

The Council Chairman, Hon Mukaila Uthman, who had arrived the market as early as 6:00 am in the morning to monitor the level of compliance and educate them on the need to adhere strictly to the state government directive, persuaded 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 DPO, Ede Division, CSP Akanni to disperse the traders who refused to comply with the government’s detective.

While speaking to newsmen, the Council Chairman said the government’s decision to shut down the weekly markets was part of the precautionary measures to curtail the spread of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Chairman, the lockdown of the market is necessary due to the fact that Osun has boundaries with some States that have cases of the COVID-19, adding that people from neighbouring states patronise the weekly markets, which he said, makes Osun open to disease.

Commending Governor Gboyega Oyetola for putting precautionary measure in place, Uthman enjoined the market women to support the government in containing the spread of the disease by ensuring regular hand washing just as he urged them to set up hand-washing points and provide sanitizers for everyone who patronises them.

“I want to thank the governor for the proactive measure put in place for all the state to follow. This is not business as usual before we have any case in Osun the governor has put necessary arrangements in place.”

“Here in Owode market. We held a meeting with Baba Loja and Iyaloja based on the instruction given out by the governor last week that the only proactive measure we can use is for us not to allow people to gather at anywhere in the state but our people don’t want to listen despite the explanation.”

“Government have tried their best and we are still on it. Our people are still not getting it right. We disperse them with the help of our security personnel. The lives of our people is our priority and we have to continue until they obey us.”