President Muhammadu Buhari has imposed a 14-day lockdown restricting movement in the three Nigerian states of Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, which are most affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
In a national broadcast on Sunday night, the president ordered residents of the two states and the FCT to stay at home for the next 14 days.
During the period, no one will be able to move in or out of the states and territory.
The president urged all citizens to adhere to the guidelines of the health ministry as they are released from time to time.
He said the few confirmed cases outside Lagos and Abuja were linked to persons who have been in contact with.
“We are therefore working to ensure such inter-state and intercity movements are restricted to prevent further spread”, he said.
He added, “Based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, I am directing the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.
“This restriction will also apply to Ogun State due to its proximity to Lagos and high traffic between the two states. All citizens in these areas are to stay in their homes. Travel to or from other states should be postponed.”
He said, “All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during this period. The governor’s of Lagos and Ogun states as well as the Minister of FCT have been notified. Furthermore, heads of security and intelligence agencies have also been briefed.”