COVID-19: Bauchi, Imo, Ekiti shut markets

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From David Adenuga Bauchi, Kolade Adeyemi, Kano and Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti

Three more states – Bauchi, Imo, and Ekiti – on Wednesday shut their markets over the pandemic.

Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed directed that all markets in the state be closed with effect from today.

His Deputy, Senator Baba Tela said: “The governor has directed that all markets throughout the state be closed for operations.”

Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma also ordered the closure of all major markets with effect from Saturday.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba told reporters: “Commuters entering the state through the land borders are to be screened before being allowed entry.”

Read Also: Lagos, Edo, Osun shut markets

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, ordered the closure of all markets not selling essential commodities such as foodstuff, medicine, medical equipment and water.

In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Mr Yinka Oyebode, Fayemi appealed to commercial drivers to reduce the outrageous fares being charged commuters.  The Kano state government is yet to shut down the markets.

Business boomed in the major markets and prices of food almost doubled. Lagos, Edo and Osun states had shut their markets on Tuesday.