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FG Declares Anambra, Bayelsa, Ekiti, Delta lockdown illegal

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The federal government has declared the lockdown of Anambra, Bayelsa, Benue, Delta, Ekiti, Osun, that has left travelers in agony as illegal.

SGF Boss Mustapha said President Buhari’s broadcast on Sunday was very definitive and categorical, that only Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory are on lockdown.

According to the SGF: “As a nation, our response must be guided, systematic and professional. There is a need for consistency across the nation. All inconsistencies in policy guidelines between Federal and State agencies will be eliminated.

“I referred you to paragraph 29 of the President’s broadcast. We are mindful of the fact that there are those inconsistencies in policies. Such states began to implement their lockdown before the President’s broadcast. The President’s broadcast was very definitive and categorical, we are only locking down Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital. Those are the only three designated areas for the lockdown now.

“I will make some calls to some security agencies in those borders. I expected that after Mr. President’s broadcast what should ordinarily happen is that, if you had stopped people from getting to their destinations that broadcast should have enabled you release those people to get to their destinations.

“You can put proactive measures like a toll gate to ensure that you test them and allow them get to their destinations. That was what we did  at the airport before we finally locked down the airport.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has named Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, as the head of economic sustainability committee.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who chairs the committee said the terms of reference as well as members of the committee will be announced soon.

He said: “We do not desire to slow down the economy in anyway.”

 

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