Lockdown in Kaduna as authorities imposes 24-hour curfew

The Kaduna state authorities Thursday introduced a 24-hour curfew till additional discover as elements of the measures to stop the unfold of coronavirus to the state.

The state deputy governor, Hadiza Balarabe mentioned in a broadcast that from midnight on Thursday, residents are to remain inside their houses from nightfall to daybreak.

She mentioned the choice to impose curfew was because of the Unsatisfactory compliance degree to the ban on the business tricycle and motorbike operators and restriction on massive gatherings by massive sections of residents.

She additionally famous that Kaduna doesn’t have the human sources and the well being amenities to deal with the pandemic ought to it unfold by means of the cities and villages within the state.

Balarabe mentioned the curfew imposition is “in the exercise of the powers vested in the governor by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria1999, (as amended), Sections 2 and 8 of the Quarantine Act 1926 and the Kaduna State Public Health Law of 1917.”

The deputy governor acknowledged that the State Standing Committee on COVID-19 Prevention met on Thursday to evaluate international and nationwide developments referring to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Committee additionally thought-about stories of unsatisfactory compliance ranges with the preventive measures which were outlined by the federal government in repeated bulletins, and with rising severity, over the previous seven days,’’ Balarabe mentioned.

She warned that “from midnight of Thursday, 26th March 2020, all residents of Kaduna State must stay at home. No offices, businesses of any sort of places of worship are allowed to open.”

Balarabe famous that the one staff in important providers reminiscent of well being staff, the fireplace service and safety personnel are exempted from the curfew.

Vehicles touring by means of the state to different states are permitted transit, however they’re anticipated to ply solely the Western bye-pass.

The deputy governor mentioned the curfew shall be strictly enforced by the safety businesses.

While the curfew is on, provides for susceptible individuals shall be distributed in group clusters throughout recognized elements of some city native authorities areas within the state.

“Churches and mosques will be shut, there will no congregational prayers or services either within these places of worship or outdoors,” Balarabe mentioned.

“Wedding events and all social gatherings are strictly prohibited while these emergency measures remain in place,” she added.

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