By Beauty John, LAFIA
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, has Imposed a 24-hour curfew on Karu Local Government Area of the state with effect from 6:00pm of Thursday, 2nd April, 2020.
He made the announcement on Wednesday while addressing a press briefing at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.
Governor explained that the 24-hour curfew is placed considering the influx of people from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja which has been locked down as part of measures to control the spread of Covid-19.
“As you are aware, Nasarawa State has not recorded any incidence, hence, it behoves on us to take more stringent measures in order to prevent the spread of the virus in the State”, he said.
According to him, the enforcement of the 24-hour curfew in Karu Local Government is in line with the provision of the Nasarawa State Dangerous Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations, 2020, as well as the advice of the Nasarawa State High Powered Committee on COVID-19.
“Consequently, entry into Nasarawa State is hereby restricted to between 6:00pm to 6:00am and all persons coming into the State shall continue to be screened at the designated check-points/mobile clinics”.
The Governor further declared “that movements in Lafia, the State capital and other Urban centres are hereby restricted from 8:00pm to 6:00am with effect from Thursday, 2nd April, 2020.
“All markets are to remain closed except sellers of food items and medicals outside the markets except in Karu Local Government Area where there is a 24 hour curfew”.
He added that “all civil servants from GL. 01 – 12 are to remain at home except those on essential services until further notice. All security personnel are hereby directed to ensure the enforcement of these directives”.
Gov. Sule called on all residents of the State to continue to abide by the instructions on the restriction of movements, social distancing and gathering in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 in the state.