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Monday, June 14, 2021

Akoko crisis: Economic activities peak as Gov relaxes curfew

By Jimoh Ahmed, Ikare Akoko.

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Residents of Ikare Akoko received the news of the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew imposed on the town with wild jubilation on Sunday even as economic activities have picked up in the town.
Residents who have one transaction or other things doing trooped out as early as 7.00 am.
Many people, particularly the motorcyclists, mini bus and Cabs operators, School buses and pedestrians were moving freely to their destinations without restriction.
Similarly, shops, schoools, banks, markets and artisans opened for bussiness activities while petrol stations ,eateries and other enterprises in the metropolis are now back to life in sharp contrast to when the town was under 24 – hour curfew.
A muslim leader, Sheik Abdulrazak Atareaku gave kudos to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for giving opportunity to the teeming muslim adherents in Ikare Akoko who had been fasting and preparing for Eid fitri sallah celebration to observe it.
He noted that last Friday was the last jummah service in Ramadan but mosques in Ikare were under lock and key.
A community leader, Mr Mashal Ojuolape, assured the governor that residents would maintain peace and keep to the guidelines of the state government and be law abiding.
A shop owner, Mrs Rafiatu Apalowo thanked the government for allowing commercial activities to thrive again, saying experience of EndSARS and COVID-19 pandemic on the country economy still remain very fresh in the memory of Nigerians.

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