Curfew: Imo, Ebonyi move to enforce stay home measures

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Curfew: Military Check point
Hope Uzodinma

The governors of Imo and Ebonyi states have imposed curfew in their states as they move to strengthen the lockdown and stay at home order in their respective states.

The curfew, announced Saturday, will extend from 6p.m to 6 a.m. in Imo and from 7p.m to 7a.m in Ebonyi. 

The Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma said that the curfew will affect all parts of Imo from, with effect from Saturday, April 18, 2020, but health workers, security agents, media workers and others involved in anti-coronavirus activities were exempted in both states.

He also issued an order to strengthen the closure of the state  boundaries allowing entry to only indigenes returning to the state upon verification of their identity, on the condition that the returnees would be isolated for 14 days.

To give bite to the order, mobile courts have been established to try offenders as defaulter would be subjected to a fine of N7,000 and seven days of community service.

Dave Umahi

The Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, who made the declaration in a statewide broadcast, stated: “I hereby direct a total lockdown of the entire state from 7a.m to 7p.m and anybody found outside within this period must be arrested and prosecuted.

Aware the Ebonyi has not recorded any case of coronavirus since the outbreak in Nigeria, Umahi announced the rijiging of security at the borders with seven new check points to forestall incidence of smuggling of people into the state.

He added that plans were underway to also install CCTV cameras at the border locations to monitor happenings at the borders.

Umahi said: “We have agreed to have seven blockages in each border location. Each entry point of Ebonyi State will have seven blockages. The first one at the boundary between us and another state will be manned by the Army alone.

“At a distance that will be agreed by the deputy governor and the security chiefs, the police will mount their own. The third point will be where the other service chiefs will contribute personnel and mount blockage. 

“The fourth point will be manned by the Neighborhood Watch; the fifth one will be manned by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) while the sixth and seventh points will be manned by the Royal Highnesses and the Town Union Presidents and the local government Chairmen and the Coordinators, respectively.

According to him, the multiple check points will enable the state know at what point that the law has been contravened, and questions will asked. 

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