Sit-At-Home Order: Ekiti State Task Force Aggressively Enforces Government Directives, Destroys And Burns Goods, Brutalises Traders

Tears flowed freely on Sunday, as the Task Force raised by the Ekiti State Government to enforce the lockdown directives banning trading in the State and other public activities, destroyed and burnt goods of Traders that defied the government’s order.

Governor Kayode Fayemi had directed markets and stores not trading in essentials to shut down, while Policemen and other relevant Agencies were charged to enforce the directives, as part of efforts to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the State.

It was gathered that the team comprised of top government Officials, Ekiti State Peace Corps, the Nigeria Police, and Civil Defence.

It was learnt that the enforcement team led by the Chairman, Ekiti State Traffic Management Agency, Olufemi Olarewaju, raided the area to enforce the government’s order, violently destroying food items, and burning kiosks of some of the Traders.

They allegedly attacked some Traders who made attempts to salvage their goods, and confiscated food items, including rice, meat, tomatoes, vegetables, garri, and other food items.

Some of the affected Traders who wept profusely, expressed displeasure with the Task Force’s action, describing the action as uncalled for, saying that they were among those exempted from the ban.

They lamented that the action was highest degree wickedness on the part of the Government Task Force to set their property in the market ablaze.

Mr. George Daniel and Mrs. Kemi Ojo said that some of their goods were also looted away, while others were destroyed by the Officers, adding that they came to the market to make some sales, in order to feed their families.

The distraught Traders, called on Governor Fayemi to as a matter of urgency, intervene and caution the Task Force, before they tarnish his government’s image.

When contacted, Olanrewaju denied the allegation that goods were burnt, saying that, members of the Joint Task Force in the State, only set ablaze kiosks used for displaying their goods on the road.

He noted that the Traders have been warned several times to vacate the market, to maintain social distancing, in order to check the spread of Covid-19, but they resisted.

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