COVID-19: Abia imposes 6pm to 6am curfew

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Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has imposed a 6pm-to-6am curfew in the State from tomorrow, Sunday, 26/04/2020.

This, according to the government, was to enable expedited contact tracing related to the two index cases as well as ensure enforcement of the subsisting lockdown in the state.

The Governor also warned all local government transition council chairmen to ensure total compliance with the curfew within their respective areas or risk immediate suspension from office.

He further directed that enforcement agents should ensure defaulters of the lockdown directive were taken to the mobile courts for prosecution.

Governor Ikpeazu explained that these and other measures had become necessary in the light of the threat posed to the people of the state by the outbreak of COVID-19 and called for understanding from citizens as the government would  spare no effort, no matter how daunting, in protecting the people.

The Governor has also directed the Secretary to Government to expand the Committee on Palliatives and include the Christian Association of Nigeria, Traditional Rulers, Civil Society Organizations, Women Journalists, Presidents General of Town Unions and Development Associations.

He said the Committee shall embark on the distribution of further palliatives from Community to Community, starting from next week.

He added that the Association of Ndi Imo, Enugu, Ebonyi, Anambra indigenes will also be reached and the state government shall make provisions for other groups like artisans, mechanics, Keke and Bus drivers during the next phase.
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