Kwara Closes Borders, Fumigates Markets

Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq

Hammed Shittu in Ilorin

Kwara State Government has announced the immediate closure of its local and external borders amid ramped up efforts to block entries of vehicles from outside and prevent the outbreak of COVID-19 in the state.

The government however said the border closure excludes all categories of movement sanctioned in the broadcast of President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that the partial shutdowns within the state remain in force until further notice.

“The government hereby announces the shutting down of all our land borders to ban movement to the state from elsewhere. The only exemptions to this rule are those stated in the address of Mr. President. Specifically, these are vehicles carrying agricultural produce, medical equipment, and officials on essential duties related to COVID-19 campaign,” the state Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19, Mr. Kayode Alabi told reporters in Ilorin yesterday.

“All previous restrictions and exemptions locally remain in force. A specific warning here goes to commercial motorcycles (Okada) who have been violating the shutdown orders. Any violators caught would face the full consequences of the law.”

Alabi also said the government will begin fumigation of markets and other specific locations after which specific markets would be designated for people to purchase essentials like food and medicines.