- The police have reinforced the federal government's stay-at-home order
- IGP Mohammed Adamu on Friday, May 22, said that the ban on social and religious gathering still stands
- The police boss' order is coming at a time when Muslims in the country are preparing for the yearly Eid-el-Fitr celebration
Just days to the E-d-el-Fitr, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, on Friday, May 22, urged Muslims in Nigeria to remain at home during the religious celebration.
IGP Adamu's order was contained in a statement released by Frank Mba, the spokesman of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) on Friday, The Nation reports.
The police chief said that Nigeria's victory over the deadly coronavirus requires the "collective perseverance and voluntary compliance with the prevention regulations emplaced by governments at all levels..."
A part of the statement read: "...the COVID-19 prevention regulation orders including the inter-state movement restriction orders, national curfew and the prohibition of mass socio-religious gatherings by the federal government in Lagos, Ogun, Kano states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and restriction orders by governments in some states of the federation, are still in force."
Moreover, Adamu assured Nigerians that the police have deploy.ed all necessary intelligence to ensure the utmost security during and after the celebration.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Nigerian Muslims would celebrate the yearly Eid-El-Fitri in the confines of their homes, unlike other times.
This was as the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday, May 21, advised Muslim faithful in the country to observe the religious festival indoors.
In fact, Iyanda Taofiq, the FRSC unit commander in Sagamu, Ogun state, said that the directive is in line with the federal government's stay-at-home order aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus.
Taofiq stated: “Observe the government rules and regulations concerning COVID-19 to curb the pandemic.”
He admonished Muslims and all residents in the state to maintain the utmost personal hygiene and social distancing, adding that this was not the time for people to go from place to place in the name of celebration.
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