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Lagos shuts all markets, shops except those selling essential products for 7 days

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Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Tuesday ordered the closure of all markets not dealing in essential commodities across the state.

Sanwo-Olu, who gave the directive in a live press conference, said it was effective Thursday.

The essential commodities, according to the governor, are medical equipment, water and foodstuff.

He said: “It is not a total lockdown. We still want people on essential services to go about their normal activities.

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“We are trying to de-centralise markets in Lagos. This is why we want to use some of our closed schools as markets, so people can buy food and medicine without going a long distance.

“It is only when you are alive that you can talk about economics and finance.”

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