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President Buhari locks down Abuja, Lagos and Ogun

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the cessation of movements in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory.

He gave the order in a nationwide broadcast on Sunday.

He said government was working to ensure interstate and intercity movements are restricted to prevent further spread of COVID19, as Nigeria records 111 persons infected, with Lagos as the epicenter of the virus.

“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 FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30th March 2020. 

Lagos and Abuja are the hardest-hit with 59 and 16 confirmed cases of the virus which started spreading across Nigeria since February 18.

The restriction will also apply to Ogun State due to its close proximity to Lagos and the high traffic between it and Lagos, he said.

He urged all citizens in these areas to stay in their homes.

President Buhari exempted essential workers such as hospital and health workers, Journalists and those in the electricity sectors.

“Workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters, print and electronic media staff who can prove they are unable to work from home are exempted.”

Commercial establishments such as food processing, distribution and retail companies, petroleum distribution and retail entities, power generation, transmission and distribution companies as well as private security companies we’re also exempted, but access would be restricted and monitored, the president added.

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