- Governor Masari has relaxed the lockdown imposed in the state, effective from Monday, May 18
- The Katsina state governor said the decision to relax the lockdown was reached at a meeting with the state's religious leaders and stakeholders
- Masari added that the relaxation of the lockdown order is to be observed within local government areas as inter-LGA restriction is still in place
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Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state has relaxed the lockdown order imposed across the state in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Recall that the state government had ordered a lockdown of Katsina city on Monday, April 20 after Daura and Dutsinma local government areas.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mustapha Inuwa, announced this in a statement on Saturday, May 16, in Katsina, Daily Trust reports.
Inuwa, however, said the relaxation of the lockdown order would be effective between Monday, May 18 and Sunday, May 24.
“The relaxation of the lockdown order is to be observed within local government areas (LGAs), while the ban on movements across LGAs remains in force,” Inuwa said.
The SSG also said the governor had directed the Katsina and Daura Emirate Councils to ensure that district and village Heads stayed in their domain to observe the forthcoming Eid-el-Fitr.
According to the SSG, two-thirds of the COVID-19 cases in the state fell within Katsina, the state capital.
Governor Masari called on the state residents to adhere to all protocols given by health/security officials, such as wearing face masks, social distancing, regular washing of hands and use of hand-sanitisers.
He explained that the lockdown was relaxed following a meeting with religious leaders and other stakeholders in the state, adding that the decision was taken in the best interest of people of the state.
Meanwhile, the federal government on Saturday, May 16 deployed troops to combat bandit attacks and related violent activities in Katsina state.
This was disclosed by Governor Aminu Bello Masari during a radio interview in the state.
Masari said that troops will be deployed to Katsina to combat bandit activities in the state.
In another related report, Ebonyi state government has lifted the ban on religious gatherings and activities in the state, effective from Friday, May 15.
Governor David Umahi said he decided to lift the ban following the passionate appeal made by the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN), the Ebonyi state chapter.
The governor's decision was contained in a statement signed by the commissioner for information and state orientation, Uchenna Orji.
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