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COVID-19: Reps urges strict enforcement of interstate lockdown

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The House of Representatives has called for the strict enforcement of the interstate lockdown across the country.

Adopting a motion sponsored by the House Minority leader, Mr Elumelu Ndudi at plenary presided by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, the House canvassed the establishment of a special task force to ensure compliance to the lockdown.

The House also mandated its relevant committees to interface with the police and the Nigeria security and civil defence corps to investigate its alleged complicity and explore better ways of curbing the lapses.

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Ndudi while moving the motion claimed that believed that there are serious reports of complicity by security agents who are supposed to be enforcers to the compliance of the orders on the interstate lockdown.

He made reference to troubling
images and videos of people travelling across the length and breadth of different states of the country, which is a clear violation of the presidential order on travel bans.

The lawmaker said he was aware that on several occasions state government have intercepted trailer loads of people moving in the middle of the night and sneaking into other states in this lockdown period, even when there are supposed to be security agents at states borders implementing the presidential lockdown orders.

He asserted that the development was a complete drawback to the COVID-19 containment effort in the country.

He thereby warned that If the situation is not immediately curtailed, there will be further increase in the number of COVID-19 cases that can put the country in a precarious state.

Recall that after due consultations with state governors the federal government on the 27th of April 2020, there were several regulations which include the need to ban non-essential interstate passenger travels, an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am, excepting movement for essential services and controlled interstate movement of goods and services from producers to customers, the mandatory use of face mask in public places as well as maintaining physical distances and personal hygiene and the restrictions on social and religious gatherings.

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