- Bauchi state has suspended its 14 days lockdown
- The suspension followed a series of consultation with stakeholders, statesmen among others
- Meanwhile, boundaries of the state will be closed for an initial period of the 14 days
The Bauchi government on Thursday, April 2, said it has suspended the 14 days total lockdown of the state as earlier announced. The state deputy governor, Senator Baba Tela, made the announcement in a press conference held at the government house, Bauchi.
Tela said the suspension of the 14 days lockdown followed series of consultation with stakeholders, statesmen, traditional and religious leaders, security forces and healthcare professionals with putting into consideration the financial crises surrounding the state citizens.
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Legit.ng correspondent in Bauchi state, Sani Hamza Funtua, reports that the deputy governor maintained that boundaries of the state will be closed for an initial period of the 14 days, effective from 6pm, Thursday, April, 2.
He, therefore, enjoined citizens of the state to reciprocate the gesture by maintaining the one to one point meter spacing and exercise the habit of washing hands regularly.
Tela who is the Bauchi state chairman, Task Force Committee on COVID-19, said social distance should also be maintained in mosques, churches, markets, weddings and other social gatherings.
He expressed dismay on how some traders in the state are taking advantage of the lockdown to increase the prices of their commodities and called on them to refrain from such acts.
"A crucial step in combating the pandemic is to do with managing our people, the lockdown is essentially meant to address that. One point must be made abundantly clear that this lockdown is not shut down, it is a process that is meant to ensure social distancing in a manner that we do not, by way of congestion in markets and other densely populated areas expose ourselves to infection.
"Government having observed that no palliative measures have been introduced to cushion the effects of the lockdown, we must address the process in a manner that does not create harm or social dislocation."
The deputy governor said the state government is putting more emphasis on locking the state's borders so that unsuspecting carriers of the virus do not infiltrate or spread it across the state.
"We want to appeal to the public to put more patience to these measures, and we urge everyone to give maximum cooperation to the law enforcement agencies that are helping us in curtailing the spread of this deadly virus.
"I wish to state that, His Excellency, the executive governor, Senator Bala Mohammed CON is in good health and very much concern about the health and well being of the state citizens."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Inspector-General of Police M.A Adamu has cautioned police officers not to infringe upon the rights of Nigerians under any pretext.
The police boss asked his men to respect people on essential duties who are duly exempted from the restriction orders.
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