The Niger State Government has ordered the extension of a partial lockdown of the state for the next two weeks with effect from Tuesday, April 28.
Bello made the announcement while briefing journalists after an extensive meeting with the State Task Force on COVID-19 at the Government House, Minna.
This was after the state’s initial two weeks of the 24-hours total lockdown elapsed on Sunday.
He hinged the decision on the need to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
“The virus will not make serious harm to Nigerians. This is my prayer, but we need to stop people from coming into the state,” he warned.
The governor further explained that the window periods for people to go out and restock their homes with foodstuffs have been extended to Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 7am till midnight but within their localities.
He stated, “The earlier two weeks total lockdown expired on Sunday, April 26 and it is pertinent that the lockdown be extended by another two weeks; but this time, people are allowed to move in their areas but must ensure social distancing. Once we get it right this next two weeks, we might be declared free of the virus.
“Within these two weeks, neighborhood markets and shops will be allowed and we have extended the window break to three days. Vehicular movements will not be allowed because I have instructed the Attorney General to set up mobile courts to trial violators within this period.”
Bello also warned that Churches and Mosques that failed to observe the precautionary measures of social distancing will be shut down and all violators particularly those who refuse to wear face masks will be arrested and prosecuted.”