Fayemi imposes 14-day curfew in Ekiti as cases of coronavirus keep increasing


Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has announced a 14-day curfew in the state, directing residents to stay at home from Monday in order to curtail the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

In a broadcast on Sunday, the governor placed a ban on all commercial activities and intra state travels. He said the only persons excepted from the ban were those on essential services.

“It is very disappointing that some of us have either been lukewarm, nonchalant or downright defiant in observing the simple but extremely effective preventive measures as well as maintaining social distancing to protect themselves from infection and curtail the spread of the virus in their communities.

“While I acknowledge our resilient nature, incurable optimism and spiritual activism as a people, it is critical that we balance these with pragmatic and urgent actions that can ensure the safety of lives for our families and communities

“If we do not take steps necessary to contain this virus, it has the potential to overwhelm our health infrastructure, cripple our economy and devastate Ekiti in unimaginable proportions.

“As you are aware, the state is under significant financial constraints especially as a direct consequence of the impact of the coronavirus on the global economy and the price of crude oil that has gone down considerably.

“So, we cannot afford a public health crisis. It is therefore in urgent public interest that, I hereby, in pursuant to Section 8 of the Quarantine Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) impose a curfew of movement in Ekiti.

“The purpose of this curfew is to impose restrictions on the movement of persons and goods within Ekiti for an initial period of 14 days.

“Therefore, effective from 1:59pm on Monday, March 30, 2020 until 11:59pm on Monday, April 13, 2020, there shall be restriction of movement across the length and breadth of Ekiti, with all our borders closed.

“That is a full and total shutdown of Ekiti, and a 12-hour dusk to dawn curfew in Ekiti from 7:00pm – 7:00 am. All Ekiti residents are hereby directed to stay at home.

“We are implementing the Quarantine Act to keep all Ekiti residents safe. So let me be clear. If you do not go home or stay home for at least 14 days as from Monday, 30 March, 2020, you can face serious fines or prison term.

“During this period, movement between local government areas is prohibited; movement between towns, villages and communities is also prohibited; every person shall be confined to the place where he or she ordinarily resides in Ekiti.”

Nigeria currently has 97 confirmed cases of the dreaded Covid-19. Of that number Ekiti State has only 1 patient suffering from the disease.

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