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Video: Owerri Deserted as Coronavirus Lockdown begins

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Streets of Owerri, especially those that would be considered commercial areas were seen as a shadows of what they used to be on Monday as the enforcement of lock down orders by Gov. Hope Uzodinma begins.

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Douglass road, known for roadside trading and famous Eke Ukwu Market was empty as only bus drivers were seen parking and picking passengers as they went on with their business.

With markets and shops shut down to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Imo State, there are still traders who were out to defy the orders of the state government by displaying their wares and always ready to run when members the task force arrive.

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One of them who spoke to www.otowngist.com said, he had no other way to feed and if he doesn’t come out to hustle, no one will give him.

“There’s risk everywhere”, he said, adding that “unless the government will give us food, I will keep coming out here”


With many nations providing aide for their citizens, Nigerian’s were hoping to hear a similar thing during the broadcast by President Mohammadu Buhari yesterday, but nothing straightforward was said.

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Imo State is not left out as citizens are looking up to the government to take actions in ensuring most people do not starve to death while running from coronavirus.

See the streets of Owerri today.

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