Buhari signs proclamation order extending lockdowns in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun by one week, imposing curfew nationwide and restricting inter-state travel

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday signed the Proclamation Order on the General Management of Covid-19 in Lagos, Ogun, Kano, the Federal Capital Territory and other States in Nigeria as contained in his national broadcast, April 27, 2020.

“This was in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 3 of the Quarantine Act, CAP Q2 Laws of the Federation 2004 and all powers enabling him in that behalf,” the presidency said in a statement received by TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington DC.

Buhari on Monday announced new measures to combat COVID-19, including the mandatory use of face masks in public and restriction on inter-state travels for non-essential goods and persons.

“Based on the above and in line with the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the various Federal Government committees that have reviewed socio-economic matters and the Nigeria Governors Forum, I have approved a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos and Ogun States effective from Monday, 4th May, 2020,” Mr. Buhari said in a televised address.

President Buhari said the easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos and Ogun states from May 4 will be followed strictly “with aggressive reinforcement of testing and contact tracing measures while allowing the restoration of some economic and business activities in certain sectors.”

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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