- Governor Simon Lalong has imposed a total lockdown on his north-central Plateau state
- The lockdown bans all movements within the state and also shuts all the state's entry and exit points
- The lockdown takes effect from Monday, May 4 and all residents were advised to stock up from Friday, May 1 to midnight Sunday, May 3
Plateau Governor, Simon Lalong, has banned all movements within the north-central state in the bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Channels TV reports that Lalong announced the new measure in his address on Thursday, April 30.
In his address, the governor said he had placed a ban on movement from local government to local government within the state and also on all entry and exit points to the state.
He said: “In addition to the total lockdown which closed movement in and out of the State, and in order to curb community spread of COVID-19, Government has decided to close all intra-State borders with effect from 4th May 2020.
“Consequently, there shall be no movement from one Local Government to another even during the period when the total lockdown is relaxed, except for those on essential services as earlier enumerated."
The governor gave residents three days to stock their homes and prepare for the total lockdown.
He added: “The total lockdown which resumed midnight Sunday, April 26th 2020, shall be relaxed from Midnight of Thursday 30th April 2020 to Midnight of Sunday 3rd May 2020 to enable people again re-stock their homes. Thereafter, the total lockdown will resume on Monday 4th May 2020."
Legit.ng notes that Lalong's measures were contrary to his initial stand when he and other governors in the northern region of Nigeria said they could not impose lockdown in their states amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The governors, after their meeting on Monday, April 13, agreed that a total closure of borders in the region will come at a very high price that they could not pay.
A statement by Governor Simon Lalong's director of press and public affairs, Macham Makut, said the northern governors agreed instead to adopt the measure good enough for its setting.
A total lockdown of the region, they said, will come at a very high cost because most of the citizens are farmers who need to go to farms now that the rains are here.
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