President Buhari orders complete lockdown in Lagos, Ogun, Abuja to contain the COVID-19
Buhari gave the order in a presidential broadcast on Sunday evening
as he finally address the nation on the pandemic disease that has storm the
He noted that the no-movement order will be for an initial period of 14 days as
the Government are trying to contain
the pandemic virus with all equipment available.
Read President Buhari orders complete lockdown in Lagos, Ogun,
Abuja full statement below:
”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.
This restriction will also apply to Ogun State due to its close proximity to Lagos and the
high traffic between the two States.
All citizens in these areas are to stay in their homes.
Travel to or from other states should be postponed.
All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during this period.
The Governors of Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Minister
of the FCT have been notified.
Furthermore, heads of security and intelligence agencies have also been briefed.
We will use this containment period to identify, trace and isolate all individuals that have
come into contact with confirmed cases.
We will ensure the treatment of confirmed cases while restricting
further spread to other States.
This order does not apply to hospitals and all related medical
establishments as well as organizations in health care related manufacturing and
Furthermore, commercial establishments such as;
a. food processing, distribution and retail companies;
b. petroleum distribution and retail entities,
c. power generation, transmission and distribution companies; and
d. private security companies are also exempted.
Although these establishments are exempted, access will be restricted and monitored.
Workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters,
print and electronic media staff who can prove they are unable to work
from home are also exempted.
All seaports in Lagos shall remain operational in accordance
with the guidelines I issued earlier.
Vehicles and drivers conveying essential cargoes from these Ports to other parts of the
country will be screened thoroughly before departure by the Ports Health Authority.
Furthermore, all vehicles conveying food and other essential
humanitarian items into these locations from other parts of the country will also be
screened thoroughly before they are allowed to enter these restricted areas.
Accordingly, the Hon. Minister of Health is hereby directed to redeploy
all Port Health
Authority employees previously stationed in the Lagos and
Abuja Airports to key roads that serve as entry and exit points
to these restricted zones.
Movements of all passenger aircraft, both commercial and private jets,
Special permits will be issued on a needs basis.”