The Federal Government has declared that all lockdown imposed outside Lagos and Ogun states as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) are illegal.
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Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), stated this at a press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday.
Before President Muhammadu Buhari declared a lockdown in the restricted areas on Sunday, some state governments had declared a lockdown in their own states and announced the closure of their borders.
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But Mustapha, who is the PTF Chairman, said such measures by the state governments are inconsistent with the directives of the president.
He said: “As a nation, our response must be guided, systematic and professional. There is a need for consistency across the nation.
“All inconsistencies in policy guidelines between federal and state agencies will be eliminated. I referred you to paragraph 29 of the president’s broadcast. We are mindful of the fact that there are those inconsistencies in policies. Such states began to implement their lockdown before the president’s broadcast.
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“The president’s broadcast was very definitive and categorical, we are only locking down Lagos, Ogun and the federal capital. Those are the only three designated areas for the lockdown now.”
The SGF said he would get across to security personnel in states where borders have been shut in order to enlighten them on the directive of the president.
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“I will make some calls to some security agencies in those borders. I expected that after Mr. President’s broadcast what should ordinarily happen is that, if you had stopped people from getting to their destinations that broadcast should have enabled you release those people to get to their destinations.
“You can put proactive measures like a toll gate to ensure that you test them and allow them get to their destinations. That was what we did at the airport before we finally locked down the airport.”