Kano Observes Substantial Lockdown, as Homeless Persons Pose Challenge

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Empty roads in Kano on Friday

There is substantial compliance with Kano State mandatory sit-at-home order, as markets, shops, malls and supermarkets are locked up while major roads are empty of vehicular movements, Judicial Sketch reports.

Security operatives, consisting of the Police, Hisba, Civil Defense, Neighborhood Watch and KAROTA, were sighted by our reporters on the road, as they were stationed at strategic locations within the metropolis to ensure the enforcement of the order.

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This same road around Sabon Gari Market was so crowded and unpassable a day earlier

Ambulances, security vehicles and health officials and press crew vehicles were also seen moving around occasionally, and a state official said those set of people are among the few persons exempted from the order, as they form part of essential service providers.

There are however the challenge of the homeless, hundreds of whom were seen by our reporters lying by the roadsides and in front of shops while their children played around on empty roads.

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There are no movements in some parts of the state

Along Nassarawa Hospital Road, Race Course Road, behind Central Hotel and along former Railway Quarters, the homeless habited pavements, walkways and road shoulders.

Attempts by Neighborhood Watch officials to disperse some of them were resisted as they insisted they had nowhere to go.

There was also non compliance by warehouse workers along Civic Centre Road and Ajasa Road, and some them told Judicial Sketch that they were keeping watch over the warehouses. Some even said they literally live there. Same thing happened at Sabon Gari Market.

As the lockdown is being observed, sanitation workers were seen removing refuse from the roads.

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