Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has ordered immediate closure of land borders and routes linking the state to other states as Coronavirus case index increases.
The closure according to the governor will take effect from Friday, March 27.
In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, Ganduje said movements coming in and out of the state were banned beginning from 12:00 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2020, NAN reports.
He said: “This includes all kinds of movements through the borders of the state, even those coming to Kano through Domestic Wing of Malam Aminu Kano International Airport will remain at the airport, without getting access into the city.
“This decision is hard but absolutely necessary, as part of precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
“We urge Kano citizens and all other Nigerians to bear with this difficult situation”.
According to him, land borders will be shut while government ensures close monitoring of the situation to keep the people abreast of development.
Anwar said that the police, members of the Kano Road Transport Authority (KAROTA), Hisbah and other security agencies were mobilised to enforce compliance with the border closure.
As at present, the tally of confirmed Coronavirus case in the country as confirmed by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, stands at 51.