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Eke Awka Market shutdown: Gates locked amid heavy security presence

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THE popular Eke Awka Market in Awka South LGA of Anambra State has undergone another shot down   following Governor Willie Obiano’s directive to shut it down for two weeks for failing to complying with COVID-19 protocols by traders.

  Our reporter who monitored the situation of things in the market earlier today observed that both traders and customers were on the road side of the market wearing their face masks while the market task force and some   security agents in the state were on ground ensuring that everybody within the environment wore face masks and that nobody is allowed to enter the market.

The market task force and police officers were also seen chasing people and flogging them for not wearing their face masks, including the disabled in front of the market.

One of the traders in the market, Mrs Eunice Egwu said that the market was shot down today since no body wears his or her face mask in the market including over population of buyers and sellers. She also said that she was the bread winner of her family and feeds her children through her business.

“It has cost me a lot today. I feed my children from my business and since we have been asked not to open our shops, we will find it difficult to earn our living. I wear my face mask and even have watch hand basin and soap in my shop but you can see now that the punishment is affecting everybody. Our hope in my family depends on my business”.

Governor Willie Obiano had on Thursday, announced that the popular Eke Awka Market will be shut down for business for two weeks for not complying with COVID -19 protocols effective today.

According to a public service announcement signed by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof Solo Chukwulobelu, “this is as a result of non-compliance by the market traders and customers with Covid-19 protocols including wearing of protective face masks, provision of running water and soap for washing of hands, keeping of physical distancing etc.

Also, effective Monday, 15th June, 2020, curfew in Awka South Local Government will be from 8pm to 6am daily, until further notice.

“These actions by the government is as a result of increased cases of COVID-19 in Awka South Local Government.

“The government is also putting other market leaders and local government councils in the state on notice that a similar curfew action will be taken, and markets in the local government closed down if it is observed that such markets do not observe COVID-19 protocols.

“All should please be guided and take the issue of observing COVID-19 protocols seriously”.

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