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Imo govt announces one day relaxation of lockdown to allow for Easter shopping

Governor Hope Uzodinma has relaxed the lockdown of Imo State for one day to allow for Easter celebration shopping.

The state, like many other states in Nigeria, had been on lockdown due to the novel coronavirus ravaging the world.

But the state governor, announced on Thursday, that the lockdown would be relaxed on Friday (tomorrow), from 6am to 6pm, to allow residents of the state shop for Easter celebration.

In a statement by the state Commissioner for Information, Mr Declan Emelumba, the governor said:

“It should be emphasised that the free day tomorrow is for only shopping for food items and does not permit any other form of public gatherings for religious service.

“Our Muslim and Christian faithful should, therefore, note that they can only worship online or through the electronic media.

“The total lockdown of the state resumes with full force from Saturday April 11.

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“Security agencies are under firm orders to ensure that the lockdown order is strictly adhered to and those caught in violation would be promptly arrested and prosecuted.”

The statement said boutiques and all other non food shops, markets and outlets must remain closed.

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