Buhari declares nationwide curfew from Monday

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As part of efforts to curb COVID-19 spread, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has proclaimed an overnight curfew nationwide from 8 pm to 6 am.

He also ordered, effective from Monday, what he called “phased and incremental easing” of lockdown measures in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun states.

Buhari announced this in a national Monday broadcast.

He said, “In line with the Presidential Task Force’s recommendations on COVID-19, the various Federal Government committees that reviewed socio-economic issues, and the Nigeria Governors Forum, I have approved a phased and gradual easing of FCT, Lagos and Ogun States lockdown measures effective Monday, 4 May 2020.

“However, this must be strictly accompanied by vigorous strengthening of testing and communication tracing procedures, thus allowing for the restoration of certain economic and market activities in certain sectors.

“Furthermore, new nationwide measures are to be introduced as follows;

“There will be an overnight curfew from 8pm to 6am. This means all movements will be prohibited during this period except for essential services;

“There will be a ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travel until further notice;

“Partial and controlled interstate movement of goods and services will be allowed for the movement of goods and services from producers to consumers; and

“On top of ensuring physical distance and personal hygiene, we must specifically enforce the compulsory use of face masks or coverings in public.

“In addition, the limits on social and religious meetings will continue to apply. State governments, private entities, and philanthropists are urged to encourage people to create cloth masks.

“The lockdown in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun States shall remain in force for the avoidance of doubt until these new ones come into effect on Monday 4 May 2020.”

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