Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has announced a ‘total lockdown’ of the state to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The governor, in a statement by his spokesman, Abba Anwar, late Wednesday announced the closure of all routes linking to the state from other parts of the country.
The lockdown will take effect from Friday.
“As from then all movements coming in or out of the state are banned. This includes all kinds of movements through the borders of the state,” he said.
“Even those coming to Kano through Domestic Wing of Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) will remain at the airport, without getting entrance into the city.”
Ganduje added: “This decision is hard, but absolutely necessary, as part of precautionary measures against the deadly COVID-19 possible spread. We urge Kano citizens and all other Nigerians to bear with this difficult situation.
“People must cooperate with health workers and all other stakeholders to make sure that our state is safe and the country in general.”
The governor urged residents to maintain social distancing as advised by health workers.
He also emphasised the need to stay at home, wash hands with running water or cleaning with sanitisers.
While boarders would remain shut, the governor said, the state would continue studying the situation and keep people abreast of any development.
Kano has not recorded any incident of the virus.