- Residents of Lagos, Ogun and the FCT may have to remain at their homes for more than two weeks
- The federal government said that this might be its next decision following the refusal of some Nigerians to heed the lockdown order
- This was made known by the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed
Emerging indications are pointing to the possibility that the two-week lockdown order imposed on residents in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by President Muhammadu Buhari will be extended.
The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, expressed this view on Friday, April 3, during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Mohammed said that the federal government will be forced to extend the number of days for the stay-at-home order if Nigerians continue to disobey the directive.
The minister categorically stated: “If we don’t behave ourselves, there is a likelihood that the lockdown will be extended. But if we behave ourselves, there might not be an extension and I hope we do so.”
He noted that with the cooperation of citizens, the unrelenting efforts of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the ministry of health, the coronavirus situation in the country will be contained.
Mohammed, therefore, appealed to Nigerians "to obey the directive on social distancing, personal hygiene and shun gatherings..."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a police inspector was arrested in Lagos on Wednesday, April 1, alongside two others in his vehicle for violating the stay-at-home order by President Buhari.
The president had ordered the lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and Abuja as a measure to check the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Lagos police command said the officer who was not on duty was going about his private business, disregarding the stay-at-home order.
Legit.ng noted that the name of the inspector and the two other persons were not disclosed by the police.
The police also refuted allegations by the Lagos chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association that medical workers and support staff were being harassed by policemen enforcing the lockdown order.
The command's spokesman, Bala Elkana, said the police commissioner Hakeem Odumosu personally monitored compliance with the restriction.
He reiterated that food dealers, communication operators, media personnel, health workers and private security companies were exempted from the lockdown, provided they are on duty.
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