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Rivers state opens markets for two days amidst coronavirus fears

By Ifunanya Ndukwe

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Residents in Rivers state have called on the state government to extend the closure time for the matkets which opened today.

Monitoring the temporary market resumption, some buyers ando sellers thanked the Governor for his consideration to open the markets but asked for an extention of time because of the population in order for the people to be able to buy.

Some however did not seem pleased with the two days market resumption as they said the efforts of the Governor to control the spread of the coronavirus could be ruined due to the crowd witnessed in the matkets.

The markets were crowded with sellers and buyers, and every corner used as a selling space. As at 5 minuites to 12pm, a group of taskforce officials in the company of some police officers were also seen moving towards the markets to enforce closure of the markets.

Meanwhile; security operatives have been deployed in and around markets in parts of Port Harcourt to enforce the order of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike on closure of market after 12noon on 7th and 8th of April.

In Mile 3, Rumuolumeni and Choba markets, police personnel, military and Nigerian Civil Defence Corps were seen chasing market men and woman to leave the environment as the selling and buying time elapsed.

At Choba market, over six trucks belonging to Nigerian police were sighted with officers and men forcing chop owners to close while those who sampled their goods were forced to vacate or risk having their goods destroyed.

Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike had said the markets in the state will be open on the 7th and 8th of April, to enable people stuck their houses for the Easter celebration.


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