Wednesday 1 April 2020

PHOTONEWS: Osun Lockdown Order Day 1; Ilesa Residents Comply, Task Force Team Discourages Main-Road Football as Some Cry for Palliatives

Many residents of Ilesa, State of Osun, complied with the lockdown order given by the State governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola as part of measures to curtail the spread of the novel Coronavirus in the State which now has the third highest number in the Country.

The govermor had ordered that the state should be lockdown for 14 days in the first instance to curb the spread of the virus, the stay-at-home order includes closure of markets and shops selling non essential commodities.

Today, April 1st, 2020, the first day of the 14-day lockdown, our Correspondent that joined the Ilesa East Local Government Special Task Force led by the Chairman, Otunba Akeem Adesoji Olowoopejobori, the Divisional Police Officer (D.P.O) of Nigeria Police Division B, Ijamo, Ilesa, Mr. Olugbenga Adeboye, the Commander Ilesa East National Civil Defense Corps, Mr. M. A. Lasisi, the Commander DSS, Ilesa East, Mr. Ifeanyi Oza and Vigilante group, Mr. Ilori John, to monitor and enforce the compliance of this order observed that major commercial activities in the city were grounded in compliance with the lockdown order.

The monitoring which kicked off at about 9am took the Special Task Force to Itabalogun, Odo-iro, Ayeso, Iddo, Oke-opo, Bolorunduro, Akure express road, Iloko road, Imo, Kajola, Ijebujesa road, Ijoka, Ijesa, Ifofin, Iloro, Igbaye, Oke-eso, Okesa and ended at Ijamo.

The ever busy Atakumosa market, Ereja roundabout were without it’s hustle and bustle when the team passed. All banks in the city were locked up and commercial vehicles and commercial motorcycles (okada) were off the streets.

The roads leading in and out of the city were partially barricaded with expired tyres by policemen who were stationed at each junction checking occupants of vehicles, their identity cards and throwing a few questions at them before allowing them to go their way.

A handful of people were also walking about, while some shops attached to residential buildings remained opened, the streets were devoid of hawkers.

Some youths converted the Ijofi-Bolorunduro Road to a football pitch and the Task Force Team avoided a fracas before they were dispersed. Their leader had to be persuaded to know that the restriction is in their own interest.

Many other residents were sighted sitting in front of their houses, some in groups discussing and some playing game such as Ludo, ayo olopon and drafts. Some youthful group always shout at the convoy of the Task Force asking for palliatives. "E fun wa  l'ounje" ( Give us what to eat) was heard severally.

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