COVID -19: Abia orders closure of land borders

From Steve Oko, Umuahia

As part of efforts to stem the spread of the dreaded coronavirus pandemic, Abia State Government has ordered the closure of all its land borders.

According to a press statement by the Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu , Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu directed the immediate closure of all land borders of the state based on the recommendation by the state inter -ministerial committee on coronavirus.

The order according to the statement is to take effect from 4:00 am Sunday, March 29.

According to the statement, Government has directed security agencies, traditional rulers and youths in border communities to ensure strict compliance.

Below is a full text of the press release made obtained by The AUTHORITY in Umuahia :

“Following the recommendation of the state’s inter-ministerial committee on COVID-19 based on situational reviews, Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has approved the closure of all the state’s land borders with effect from 4am on Sunday, 29th March, 2020.

“Security agencies, traditional rulers and community youths in the state are to ensure total compliance with this directive and take all necessary measures including total blocking of the borders till further notice. Particular effort should be geared towards stopping those that might attempt to sneak into the state either at night or at dawn till further notice.

“Furthermore, traditional rulers and security agencies should ensure that those identified to have returned from
Lagos, Abuja and overseas are confined to their homes in isolation for at least 14 days.

“Kindly call 0700 2242 362 to report any incidents and observations. ”

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