Governor Uzodinma Threatens Another Lockdown

Governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodinma of Imo has threatened another total lockdown in the state. He said this in a statewide broadcast in the state’s capital on Friday, stating that if residents of the state continue to ignore COVID-19 safety protocols, a second lockdown will ensue in the state.

The Governor said that mobile courts will be going around in the state to prosecute violators of the covid-19 safety protocols.

“However, I must make it absolutely clear that if our people choose instead to continue to deceive themselves that coronavirus does not exist and continue to go about without face masks and without observing other safety protocols, I will be forced to review the situation in the coming weeks”.

“If it is clear from the realities on the ground that extra, more stringent measures must be taken to keep our people safe”.

“I will have no choice but to authorise a second lockdown of the state. The choice is entirely ours to make: To strictly adhere to the simple safety protocols now or to face a complete lockdown in a few weeks.” He said.

He, however, directed the use of face masks, hand sanitisers and hand washstands in all public gatherings. He also placed the maximum number of persons for public gatherings at 50 with punishment for offenders as an option of either six months in jail or payment of N20,000 in lieu, urging the need for discipline and living right.

“Let us all resolve today to do the right thing for our state, for our safety and for the safety of our loved ones,” he added.

(Curled from News Agency Nigeria)

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