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Covid-19 Update: Buhari Issues Regulation Backing Lockdown Extension

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Here is the latest update of President Muhammadu Buhari’s action after he extended the lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun state in order to caution the spread of the Novel Coronavirus in the states and the country at large.

Covid-19 Update Buhari Issues Regulation Backing Lockdown Extension

COVID-19 Update Buhari Issues Regulation Backing Lockdown Extension

With the country infected cases climbing to 343 as issued by the NCDC yesterday night. President Buhari has taken a bold step to sign the regulation to back his actions.

With the signing of the Regulation No 2 of 2020 by President Muhammadu Buhari, there will now be restriction of movements on residents of the affected areas till April 28. Livenews Nigeria reported how Nigeria extended the lockdown in continuation of efforts towards reducing the transmission of the virus in Africa’s most populous country.

President Buhari had said in the last 14 days, the cessation of movement in the three cities helped in slowing the spread of the disease hence the need for the extension. The document issued by the president to give a legal basis for his action is published below:

PRESIDENT, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
THE QUARANTINE ACT
(CAP Q2 LFN 2004)
Commencement
COVID-19 REGULATIONS No 2 OF 2020
WHEREAS:

1. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, I issued the COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 on 30th March 2020, by which I declared COVID-19 a dangerous infectious disease;

2. As part of efforts to defeat the disease, I ordered the restriction of movement in Lagos State, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and Ogun State for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11 pm of 30th March 2020, to enable the Government to identify, trace and isolate individuals that have come in contact with confirmed cases, in order to contain the disease;

3. It has become expedient to extend the restriction to enable the Government to achieve its objective;
NOW, THEREFORE,

I, Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in the exercise of the powers conferred on me by sections 3 and 4 of the Quarantine Act and all other powers enabling me in that behalf, make the following Regulations-

1. Extension of Restriction/cessation of Movement in Lagos, FCT and Ogun State

The restriction/cessation of movement in Lagos State, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and Ogun State is extended for a further period of 14 days with effect from Tuesday 14th April 2020.

2. Regulations Further to COVID-19 Regulations, 2020

These Regulations are made further to the COVID – 19 Regulations, 2020 and accordingly, all the responsibilities of government officials, citizens and residents contained in the COVID – 19 Regulations, 2020 remain extant.

3. Exemptions in the COVID–19 Regulations, 2020 Extant

All the exemptions under the COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 remain as exemptions under these Regulations.

4. Citation

These Regulations may be cited as the COVID-19 Regulations No 2 of 2020 Made at Abuja this 13th day of April 2020.

SIGNED
Muhammadu Buhari
President,
Federal Republic of Nigeria
13th April 2020

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