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Ogun shuts all borders

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Dapo Abiodun

Ogun State Government on Saturday announced the closure of its borders with neighbouring states and the international border with the Republic of Benin.

The closure will be effected at 12 midnight today (Sunday, 29th March, 2020). It will be in force for two weeks in the first instance.

With this restriction order, movement in and out of the state is thus banned as a further measure to contain the corona virus pandemic.

In a statement on Saturday in Abeokuta by Kunle Somorin, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, the state is constrained to effect border closure in order to stem and flatten the curve of the spread of the dreaded corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic, not only in the state but in the country and in the West African sub-region.

“The position of Ogun State is peculiar. It not only shares an international border with the Republic of Benin, it does so with all other states in the Southwest (except Ekiti), including Lagos State, which has understandably recorded the highest number of infections in the country largely because it hosts the busiest air and sea ports and it’s the nation’s economic capital.

“The border closure will not only be beneficial to Ogun State but the national efforts to curtail and contain the virus. Lessons from other climes strongly indicate that closure of borders has the potential to drastically flatten the curve of spread whilst unrestricted movement portends grave dangers”, Governor Abidoun further explained.

The only exceptions to the interstate restrictions are vehicles conveying personnel involved in essential services such as security agencies, health workers, food and medical items and petroleum products.

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The statement enjoined citizens to fully cooperate with the security agencies who have been fully briefed and directed to effect the closure, noting that at this period of a global pandemic and national emergency all hands must be on deck to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

The border closure and other measures will be reviewed from time to time, in response to developments as they unfold, the statement concluded.

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JUST IN: Nigeria records 229 new COVID-19 cases, total now 8,068

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The National Centre for Disease Control has confirmed 229 new cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria which brings the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 8068

NCDC made this known via a tweet on its official Twitter handle @NCDCgov.

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229 new cases of #COVID19;

Lagos-90
Katsina-27
Imo-26
Kano-23
FCT-14
Plateau-12
Ogun-9
Delta-7
Borno-5
Rivers-5
Oyo-4
Gombe-3
Osun-2
Anambra-1
Bayelsa-1

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8068 cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria
Discharged: 2311
Deaths: 233

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JUST IN: Buhari appoints New Chief of Staff

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Ibrahim Gambari

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Prof. Ibrahim Gambari as the new Chief of Staff.

Proffessor Gambari replaces former Chief of Staff, late Abba Kyari who died of coronavirus.

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JUST IN: Nigeria records 242 new COVID-19 cases, total now 4641

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control [NCDC] on Monday night reports Two-Hundred-and-Forty-Two new cases of Coronavirus in the country.

The development brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria to 4641.

The NCDC in an update on Twitter said 88 new cases were recorded in Lagos, 64 in Kano State, 49 in Katsina, 13 in Kaduna State, nine in Ogun State and six in Gombe State

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The tweet further revealed that four cases were recorded in Adamawa State, three in the Federal Capital Territory, with one case each in Ondo, Oyo, Rivers, Zamfara Borno and Bauchi states.

As at now, 4641 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Nigeria with 902 patients discharged and 150 deaths recorded.

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