Information reaching NAIJA CENTER has it on good authority that police officers are collecting bribes by allowing market women to keep selling their wares in violation of the state government order.
Our Correspondent in Benin reports that market women in Ekiosa are having a free day by sharing their wares and making brisk business after offering bribes to police officers.
The Governor of Edo state Goodwin Obaseki had last week ordered the closure of markets in Edo State including Ekiosa to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
According to him, “All markets in Edo State are to be shut down effective from Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The state government will undertake the fumigation of the markets from the day of closure.
The order follows similar measures in different parts of the country.
It has now emerged that markets women in Ekiosa markets are flouting the directive in full support of offers of the Edo State police command.
Our correspondent reports that the Edo State task force to monitor and ensure the compliance of the shut of markets are prevented by the police from carrying out their duties after they(police) have collected bribes from sellers.
When NAIJA CENTER contacted The Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor for comment, his contact was not reachable as at the time of filing this report.