By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
There was confusion in Delta State on Monday morning as Council Chairman, Michael Tidi, shut down popular Igbudu Market Warri, two days before the state government approved date.
As part of safety measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. The Warri South Council chairman shutdown only Igbudu market leaving Pessu, Okere, Ugbuwangue and main markets in warri to operate.
AUTHENTIC NEWS DAILY gathered that the council chairman shut down the market over the failure of traders to observe the “Social Distance” order.
It was also gathered that the closure of the market which began Sunday midnight is coming two days ahead of Governor Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa’s shutdown order which will begin April, first.
Traders at the market said that, “Pessu, Okere, Ugbuwangue and main markets in same local government were operational in the heat of the panic of Coronavirus.
In a chat with newsmen, the Council boss said, ”The closure of the market is not to punish anybody” saying that, ”It is for their own good.
“People should not give it unnecessary interpretation. By midnight today, nobody will even come out. The issue of people saying that it has anything to do with Ethno-political differences is totally out of place.
”Go to ATM’s now, the lockdown is almost being experienced. So, by 12 midnight tomorrow, there is no market that will exist.
“The congestion in the market is getting worse, “If Government does not take the decision, they will blame Government.” Tidi said,
In a reaction, a community leader in Igbudu, Mr. Monday Aghogho said, ”There is ethnic undertone to the closure of the market.
Aghogho said, “if nothing is done to address the issue, it could lead to anarchy in the area.
“As we speak, Ugbuwague, Okere and main markets are open. Why is it that it is only Igbudu market which belongs to the Urhobo people of Warri that will be shut down?”
Other sources said that, “the market was closed as a result of hike in food stuff within the market”.