President Muhammadu Buhari has shut operations in Lagos, Ogun, and the federal capital territory over growing number of coronavirus cases in the country.
Buhari made the announcement during a televised broadcast on Sunday evening.
He said the decision is based on recommendations from the federal ministry of health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The president said the lockdown period will last for an initial period of two weeks, starting from Monday.
He said all citizens in these areas are to stay indoors and that travel to or from other states should be postponed.
“Based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, I am directing the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30th March 2020,” he said.
“This restriction will also apply to Ogun State due to its close proximity to Lagos and the high traffic between the two States.
“All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during this period. The Governors of Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Minister of the FCT have been notified. Furthermore, heads of security and intelligence agencies have also been briefed.
“We will ensure the treatment of confirmed cases while restricting further spread to other states.
“This order does not apply to hospitals and all related medical establishments as well as organizations in health care related manufacturing and distribution.”
Nigeria has confirmed 111 coronavirus cases, of which a death has been recorded.