Traders in Rumuowha Community of Eneka clan in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State were thrown into confusion on Thursday when members of the Rivers State task force arrived their mini market unannounced.
Their patrol follows the order by the Rivers State government that all markets in the state be shut down as a way of preventing the spread of the global pandemic, Coronavirus, otherwise known as Covid-19, which is currently ravaging the world with hundreds of deaths recorded already.
Though virtually all markets in the clan have been shut down, some traders took to shades along the road to display and sell their goods.
When TNN arrived the scene, the task force was already gone as traders continued to lament, alleging that their goods such as fufu, meats, fish and other foods stuff were taken away.
Speaking with TNN, a trader who gave her name simply as Mary said in pidgin Englis: “see wetin them do our things, we go die, we go die for this people? No sell market, wetin we go take chop? No be money them dey pay them, wetin them dey do no be work? I get children for house, my husband no dey again, if I sit down for house no be hunger go kill us.”
Another trader who spoke on ground of anonymity said, “No, they didn’t take my own, before they reach here I packed my things.”
Reacting to the action of the task force, she said, the truth is we are too close, no space but there is nothing we can do, this is the only person that allowed us to stay here, nobody will allow you keep things in front of their shop or house, it’s only this man that allowed us stay here after they locked market. I don’t know if I will still sell but for now we are going to rest for today.”