The Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has announced that the current relaxation of the lockdown in the state from 7 am to 2 pm would be suspended on Friday.
The governor revealed that the state would soon begin the strict enforcement of wearing of face masks in the public, saying it would help flatten the spread of coronavirus.
In a statement made available by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, the Governor urged the residents of the state to consider the extension announced by the President on Monday as a necessary sacrifice towards the arrest of the deadly disease.
Governor Abiodun said:
Therefore, the current window of relaxation of the lockdown in the state from 7am to 2pm, which follows the same pattern of last week, will still be available for this Wednesday (15th April) and Friday (17th April, 2020) only.
This is to allow the residents prepare for the extension of the lockdown and restock on food and other essential items. However, Ogun State borders remain closed.
It should be emphasised that people should only go out if they need to and are required at all times when outside their homes to wear a face mask, including locally made face masks, even as they observe other social distancing measures.
The state will soon commence strict enforcement of wearing of face mask in the public as it has been shown to help flatten the spread of the virus.”
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Monday extended the lockdown of Lagos, Ogun, and Abuja, for another two weeks in order to arrest the spread of pandemic.
Meanwhile, the current lockdown in the state has caused tension among residents as there have been rising cases of robberies in several communities in the state.
This spate of robberies, however, informed the decision of the governor to tighten security in the state in a bid to secure lives and properties throughout the period of the lockdown and beyond.