Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has ordered the lockdown of the state for 14 days to prevent coronavirus disease from further spreading…
Zulum orders lockdown of Borno for 14 days
From Sani Gazas Chinade, Damaturu
According to him, two cases have been recorded; including an index case of an aid worker that died last Saturday at University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH).
Zulum, in a statewide broadcast on Monday in Maiduguri said: “Fellow citizens, our index case, as confirmed by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has brought to us, a strong and dangerous warning. “COVID-19 is real and it has reached us in Borno State.”
While announcing the two-week lockdown, he said: “In the exercise of the powers conferred on me, I have signed an executive order, declaring COVID-19 as a dangerous disease.
“I am directing a total lockdown that will see to cessation of all movements in Borno State for an initial period of 14 days with effect from Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by 10.30pm,” he said.
While speaking on an index case of aid worker, he said: “I am setting up a panel to investigate circumstances surrounding the outbreak and handling of the index case in the state.”
He noted that with over a decade long insurgency, the coming of COVID-19 amounts to having fresh pepper on fresh wounds.
“Notwithstanding the dangers posed by COVID-19, it has three solutions and these solutions have the same word: prevention, prevention, and again, prevention,” he said.