COVID-19: A’Ibom govt shuts livestock markets

Gov. Udom Emmanuel Akwa Ibom on Monday announced closure livestock as measures to contain spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Emmanuel, in a statement signed by Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, Secretary to State Government and Chairman, COVID-19 Management Committee, declared closed “with immediate effect”.

“The will remain closed for the rest May 2020. By this announcement, no new consignment livestock, goats, cows and rams will be allowed into the state until further notice.

“Livestock sellers are advised to sell off stock and leave,” Ekuwem said.

He directed security agencies to and ensure full compliance with the closure, adding that defaulters would be prosecuted accordingly.

Sources close to the News Agency  Nigeria () indicated closure became necessary following reports that some people, in the disguise bringing in livestock, were using the trucks to transport people, contrary to the interstate travel ban. () Lockdown