The Bauchi State government has ordered a 14-day lockdown and closure of all the state borders with effect from April 2 as part of measures to check the spread of coronavirus in the state.
The Secretary to the State Government, Mohammad Baba, who disclosed this in a statement Tuesday, said the directive takes effect from 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
He said: “In an effort to control the spread of COVID-19, the Bauchi State government has imposed a lockdown throughout the state for a period of 14 days, with effect from 6:00 p.m. on April 2.
“Consequently, all borders to Bauchi State will be closed.
“Governor Bala Mohammed appreciates the sacrifice of members of the public in these agonising times.
“He has subsequently directed that in order for the public to secure food items, the movement will be allowed between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.”
Baba, however, added that the ban would not affect essential services.
The SSG pleaded with the people of the state to see the measures as necessary in order to curtail the spread of coronavirus in the state.
Governor Mohammed tested positive to coronavirus about two weeks ago and is currently on isolation.