BREAKING: FG Debunks Lockdown Reports, Urges Nigerians To Disregard Purported News (VIDEO)
By Henry Odeh
The Federal Government (FG) of Nigeria has debunked a report which has been making rounds that it has imposed another COVID-19 partial lockdown in all 36 states of the federation including the FCT, Abuja.
The National Coordinator, Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu who made this known in a viral video sighted by sunrisebulletin which has since gone viral denied the purported news of any lockdown adding that Nigerians should disregard the report and continue with their normal activities.
Sunrisebulletin gathered that the federal government reportedly re-imposed nationwide curfew from 12.00am – 4am following what was described as the “surge and violence” of infections of the new variant resulting in mass deaths in India.
While giving reasons for the reintroduction of COVID-19 restrictions according to the purported report, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha said, the new set of restrictions take immediate effect.
According to the report which headlines across almost all newspapers on Tuesday, the new restriction measures announced by PSC incident manager Dr. Mukhtar Mohammed that took immediate effect include: nationwide curfew from 12:00am to 4am,
restrictions on mass gathering to a maximum of 50 persons in an enclosed place,
restriction on resumption of workers from Grade Level (GL) 12 and below,
closure of event centres, bars and night clubs,
restaurants to provide eat-ins at 50% capacity, and persons of 60 years and above or with ailment advised to stay at home or avoid crowds.
Mustapha according to the purported report explained that the government was being pro-active to prevent a third wave of the virus in the country.
He added: “This step has become compelling in view of the fragile state of our health systems, the disruption to the vaccines delivery and the lack of compliance with the extant public health measures and social measures contained in the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Health Protection Regulations 2021.
“In taking this step, the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) requests the state governments to please step up to play lead roles in the area of enforcement and sanctions.”
However, in a viral video on Tuesday, the National Coordinator for COVID-19 Presidential Taskforce, Dr Sani Aliyu said: “We are aware of a fake a message that has been going round that we have declared a lockdown in the country, this is absolutely not true.
“I am calling on the general public to please ignore the message and continue with your normal activities.
“I am also calling on the public to make sure they abide by the regulations including wearing of facemasks in public, washing of hands and keeping physical distance.
“There is an established way that we send our messages out to the public when it comes to infections control, so please take note.”