Some shop owners in Kwara State have refused to adhere to the directive of the state government on the closure of shops and markets.
POLITICS NIGERIA understands that the state authority, in its bid to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, ordered that all markets, places of worship be shut while all commercial movements are restricted.
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq added that only markets of essential commodities like food and drugs are permitted to open.
Meanwhile, when POLITICS NIGERIA visited Owode market in Offa local government of the state on Friday evening, some shop owners of non-essential commodities were opened.
Our correspondent observed that the violators include owners of phone accessories stores and some petty traders.
Although the police patrol was effective in the morning, some of the shop owners started trading around 5:00 pm.
Accordingly, some commercial motorcycles were seized during the patrol. When our correspondent visited the premises of the police station in Owode market, some of the motorcycle owners were loitering at the gate.
It should be noted that 70 coronavirus cases have been reported in Nigeria since the detection of the index case involving the Italian in February.