President Buhari locks down Lagos, Abuja, Ogun for two weeks (Read Full Details)

President Muhammadu Buhari, has declared curfew in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun State, to curb the community transmission of COVID-19 in the states where it is prevalent.

He made the declaration during his nationwide broadcast on Sunday.

According to him, he said: Based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, I am directing the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the Fedral Capital Abuja for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

Further added saying that this restriction will also apply to Ogun State due to its close proximity to Lagos State and the high traffic between the two States. Nigerian citizens in these areas are advised to stay in their homes. And travel to or from other states should be postponed for now. In addition all businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed down during this period.

Because we will use this containment period to identify, trace and isolate all individuals that have come into contact with confirmed cases. And we will ensure the treatment of confirmed cases while restricting further spread to other States.

However, this order does not apply to any hospitals and all related medical establishments as well as organizations in health care related manufacturing and distribution. And also all commercial establishments such as, food processing, distribution and retail companies, petroleum distribution and retail entities, power generation, transmission and distribution companies and private security companies are also exempted. Although all these establishments are exempted, access will be restricted and monitored on them.

Telecommunication companies workers, Journalist such as broadcasters, print and electronic media staff who can prove they are unable to work from home are also exempted. He added.

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