Covid-19: Buhari gives legal backing to lockdown in Abuja, Lagos, Ogun

Covid-19: Buhari gives legal backing to lockdown in Abuja, Lagos, Ogun


President Muhammadu Buhari has given legal backing to a lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Quarantine Act (CAP Q2 LFN 2004), and all other powers which enable him to act during emergency.


This followed the signing of Covid-19 Regulations 2020, declaring it as a  “dangerous infectious disease”.

Femi Adesina, his spokesman, said the regulations, effective March 30, 2020, “also gave legal backing to the various measures outlined in the President’s National Broadcast on March 29, 2020, such as Restriction/Cessation of Movement in Lagos, FCT and Ogun State and others toward containing the spread of the pandemic in the Country”.

Buhari’s decision to restrict movement in those areas had drew the flakes of some lawyers who had criticised his government action for lacking in legal framework.

Adesina also said to ensure that Nigerians can still perform on-line transactions and use ATMs during these restrictions, “exemption is granted financial system and money markets to allow very skeletal operations in order to keep the system in light operations during the pendency of these regulations”.

Human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) had raised issues over the lockdown.

But, Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), berated him, adding that the quarantine act empowered the president to restrict movement when a “dangerous disease” breaks out.

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