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Borno govt orders total lockdown, closes borders over fears of COVID-19 spread

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The Borno State government led by Governor Babagana Umaru Zulum has ordered a total lockdown in the state and has also closed its borders to curtail the spread of the deadly COVID-19 which has fast spread across the country.

Deputy Governor of Borno, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, issued the order on Sunday in a statement noting that the directive takes effect from Monday, April 13, by 6 a.m.

He also added that movement in and out of the state would be completely restricted.

Kadafur said, “The border between Borno and Yobe States would be shut down completely, only persons on essential duties and vehicles conveying food items, petrol, drugs and other essential commodities would be allowed into the state.

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“This painstaking decision became imperative as part of the measures to prevent spread of the virus into our dear state, following discoveries of some suspected cases in some northern states,” Kadafur said.

The Deputy Governor also warned people of the State to comply, pending further directives while also stating that the government regretted any inconvenience the decision would cause the general public.

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