International Cattle Market, others shutdown prior to lockdown in Adamawa

International cattle market

International cattle market in Ganye Local Government Area of Adamawa has shut its markets ahead of lockdown being contemplated in Adamawa

The state governor, Ahamadu Umaru Fintiri had on Wednesday confirmed an index COVID-19 case in the state and asked the people to prepare for a statewide lockdown to be announced in due course to curb the spread of the virus.

However, the Ganye Local Government Council has decided on a partial lockdown with the closure of international cattle market and its main market.

Ganye, is about 145 kilometres south of the state capital, Yola.

In a statement, the Head of Information of the council area, Kabiru Jida, said,

“I am directed to inform the general public that due to the spread of COVID-19, the Ganye LGC has directed the closure of the Ganye Main Market, the International Cattle Market and other major markets in the LGA till further notice.”

As at Thursday afternoon there was speculations that Governor Ahmadu Fintiri is only loitering to pay civil servants before he declared a lockdown following the confirmed index COVID-19 in the state.

DAILY POST reports that Chief Press Secretary, Mr Humwashi Wonosikou, told during a phone conversation, “The governor has not declared a lockdown and has not stated any date for it.”

Humwashi who spoke against public speculation that the expected lockdown may begin on Saturday said the governor appeared to be waiting for workers to receive their April pay before declaring the lockdown.

In Adamawa State since the coming of Fintiri, civil servants have received their monthly salaries by the 25th of every month, which for this month will be on Saturday.

It is not clear now whether the payment will be made Friday, April 24, to avoid having to pay two days late on Monday, April 27.

MichikaTV also reports:

Adamawa State records the first confirmed case of COVID-19

The confirmed case is a returnee who has a travelling history from Kano.

Adamawa State has records first case of COVID-19. The case was confirmed of a returnee from Kano, who avails himself for test earlier after his return to the state.

SaharaReporters reports that the man has been on self-isolation since returning to the state from Kano last week, and has confirmed that he was informed of his infection of the virus on Wednesday morning by the COVID-19 Containment Committee in Adamawa.

He said, “I got a call from the COVID-19 Containment Committee this morning, informing me that my result showed I’m positive for the virus.”

The state government is yet to officially announce the case.

When contacted, Chairman of the committee, who is also Secretary to the State Government, Bashiru Ahmad, dropped a call back respond.