Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has imposed a lockdown on Kabba/Bunu local government area of the state, following the index cases of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, in the state.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had last week Wednesday reported two cases of the disease in the state but the state government rejected the test results. It accused the NCDC of fraud.
But in a statewide broadcast on Monday, Bello restricted movement in Kabba/Bunu for 14 days.
The governor also asked doctors who attended to the index cases to self-isolate.
“During the lockdown, there shall be no house to house movement within the local government area. Street movement is completely prohibited within the local government area for the period,” he said.
“I do not enjoy lockdown as I know the economic, social, and even health implications of such a decision. But we have to take a proactive step and provide effective leadership in ensuring that our people are safe.”
The governor called on security operatives in the state to ensure that the lockdown is effectively enforced.
Bello promised adequate palliatives to cushion the effect of the lockdown in the affected area.