Edo State Government has ordered the immediate shutdown of Lagos Street, a commercial hub in Benin metropolis, for violating government directive to check the spread of coronavirus in the state.
In a statement, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said the decision to shut down trading activities in Lagos Street, followed the refusal of residents to participate in the ongoing screening and testing exercise for COVID-19.
Mr. Osagie said Lagos Street will remain closed to activities until residents in the area take part in the exercise to protect themselves and other members of the public, noting that the participation of all residents in the exercise is important in curtailing the spread of the virus in the state.
He said a large number of residents in Benin City and other parts of the state visit Lagos Street daily for various activities making the area a hot spot for the spread of COVID-19.
The Aide to Edo State Governor stressed the need for residents and other persons in the area to participate in the screening exercise.