Abia state government has threatened to arrest traders who open their shops during the coronavirus lockdown period.
Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Dr. Cosmas Ndukwe revealed this in a recent statement.
According to him, his ministry is concerned with the way traders have been violating government regulations trading in several relief and rural markets, despite the high risk involved amid the coronavirus outbreak.
He added that anyone who violates government order henceforth will be arrested and prosecuted.
His words, “Markets, irrespective of where they situate or their size have not been exempted from the lockdown. You are advised to obey this simple order for your health and orders. To be specific, Orie Ugba Umuahia, Amauzukwu Relief Market, Umuahia, Ossah Market Umuahia, Umungasi Market Aba and Afo Ule Market, Abayi Aba,
“Others are Ama Ogbonna Relief Market, Aba, Achi Aru Market Omuma Road, Aba, Onions Market Uratta, Aba; Tonimas/Work Bank Market, Aba, Ehere Market Ogbor Hill and such other markets in various towns and villages should shut down immediately to avoid arrest and prosecution.”