OGUN CLOSES BORDER WITH BENIN REPUBLIC, OYO, LAGOS, OTHERS

The Ogun State government has announced the closure of the state’s borders with neighbouring states and the international border with the Republic of Benin.

The closure will be effected at 12 midnight on Sunday, March 29 and will be in force for two weeks in the first instance.

A statement signed Saturday by Kunle Somorin, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, said movement in and out of the state had been banned with the restriction order as a further measure to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Somorin explained that the state government was constrained to effect border closure in order to stem and flatten the curve of the spread of the deadly disease not only in the state but also in the country and the West African sub-region.

He said: “The position of Ogun State is peculiar. It not only shares an international border with the Republic of Benin, it does so with all other states in the South West (except Ekiti), including Lagos State, which has understandably recorded the highest number of infections in the country largely because it hosts the busiest air and sea ports and it’s the nation’s economic capital.

“The border closure will not only be beneficial to Ogun State but the national efforts to curtail and contain the virus. Lessons from other climes strongly indicate that closure of borders has the potential to drastically flatten the curve of spread whilst unrestricted movement portends grave dangers.”

The only exceptions to the interstate restrictions, according to him, are vehicles conveying personnel involved in essential services such as security agencies, health workers, food and medical items and petroleum products.