According to the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the curfew is to allow the government to carry out a disinfection exercise in the state. He added that the domestic airport would also be closed.
“I am hereby directing a statewide curfew from 8 pm to 6 am, starting from Sunday until further notice. This is to enable us to carry out comprehensive disinfection of the Lagos Metropolis.
“I am pleased to note that we have taken possession of over 200 disinfecting machines, and starting today, we will be disinfecting all major highways, bus stops, markets, parks, and other public areas.
“With effect from Sunday, we will be closing the domestic airport in Lagos, Revthe General Aviation Terminal and the MM2. All movements in and out of Lagos through the two domestic terminals will, therefore, be suspended from Sunday for two weeks in the first instance. The only exceptions will be flights carrying essential supplies and those on emergency operations,” Sanwo-Olu said.
This is due to the increment in the confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Nigeria, especially since Lagos state has been the worst hit so far with 59 of the total 97 confirmed cases so far.
The governor went further to state that he had signed into law the Emergency Coronavirus Pandemic Bill 2020 passed by the House of Assembly, and the law empowers the governor to punish violators of the shutdown order policy within the state.