The popular Alaba International Market, Lagos on Thursday, was shut out to buyers and sellers that don’t have Permanent Voters Card (PVC).
The management ordered that traders and customers who do not have PVCs should not be allowed into the market.
Alaba, which is usually busy was basically empty on Thursday as people who did not have their voters card were barred from entering and the gate was locked to ensure no one flouts the directive.
A video circulating on social media showed some men inside the gate checking if people have their cards before they are allowed inside the market.
Similarly, last year, a similar thing happened when all the shops were locked to enable to register and collect the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) ahead of the 2023 general elections.
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A member of the enforcement team had said; “They said to inform you that Thursday next tomorrow, there will be a total lockdown everywhere Igbos are doing business and at Alaba International so that everybody will go and collect his/her PVC,” the video showed the man saying in Igbo.
“If you have an apprentice in your shop who is 17 years and above or you have a secretary in your shop who is over 17 years old. All of them must have a PVC.
“Starting from Monday next week, we will start a patrol called Operation Show Your PVC. If they come to your shop and you don’t show your PVC, know that you have broken the (market) union’s law. If your secretary doesn’t show hers, she has also broken the law. If your apprentice doesn’t have it, he has broken the law.”