COVID-19: Imo State Imposes Curfew

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The governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma on Friday, April 17, declared a dusk to dawn curfew in the state in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Hope Uzodinma, who made this declaration in an executive order tagged “001” on Friday, April 17, stated that the curfew would be strictly adhered to from 6 pm to 6 am until further notice, with effect from Saturday, April 18.

In the same vein, the governor also stated that all borders in the state would not be open as well. The closure takes effect simultaneously with the curfew.

The order declared:
“That conscious of the need to preserve the lives of Imo people the government of Imo State is committed to the enforcement of a total lockdown order of movement of persons, except for those on essential services, from 6 am to 6 pm daily.

“That the government of Imo state hereby imposes a dusk to dawn curfew, in all parts of the state 6 pm to 6 am effective Saturday, April, 18 till further notice.
“That borders leading in and out of Imo state are hereby closed effective Saturday 18, till further notice.
“That only Imo indigenes returning from outside Imo state shall be admitted into the state on condition of Proper identification, that they subject themselves to test of COVID-19 and are quarantined for 14 days before entering the state.”
Fines ranging from N7,000 to N 50,000, the governor said, await any defaulter.
The full text of the order reads:

  1. That conscious of the need to preserve the lives of Imo people the government of Imo State is committed to the enforcement of a total lockdown order of movement of persons, except for those on essential services, from 6 am to 6 pm daily.
  2. That the government of Imo state hereby imposes a dusk to dawn curfew, in all parts of the state 6 pm to 6 am effective Saturday, April 18 till further notice.
  3. That borders leading in and out of Imo state are hereby closed effective Saturday 18, till further notice.
  4. That only Imo indigenes returning from outside Imo state shall be admitted into the state on condition of
    a) Proper identification
    b) That they subject themselves to test of COVID-19 and are quarantined for 14 days before entering the state.
  5. That anyone who violates this order shall be liable to seven (7) days of Community service and a fine in lieu, in this order;
    a) Tricycles ​​​​-​N7,000
    b) Motorcycles ​​​​-​N 7,000
    c) Border closure violators​-​N 10,000
    d) Cars​​​​​-​N 20,000
    e) Trucks​​​​​-​N 50,000

The fight against COVID-19 is one we must all take seriously.

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