Rivers State Government has imposed a total lockdown of Bonny Local Government Area and Onne Community in Eleme Local Government Areas with effect from Sunday, June 21, 2020 to check the spread of coronavirus in the State.
Residents of the State to prepare for statewide lockdown if infections continue to increase unabated. Consequently, all residents of Bonny Local Government and Onne community, except those on essential services and duly exempted must stay at home.
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike announced this today in a state-wide broadcast stating:
“Pursuant to the fundamental objective of stopping the spread of coronavirus, we have reviewed the situation in Bonny Island and Onne Communities and come to the conclusion that a total lockdown is necessary at this time to shut down the continuing spread of the virus in these communities. By this measure, all shops, offices and business places must remain closed.”
“All gatherings, including religious, burial and wedding activities are prohibited. All entry and exit into the two communities, except those on essential services and duly permitted, are also banned.”
“Security agencies have been directed to enforce the lockdown by arresting and prosecuting anyone who dares to disobey these directives,” he said.
This is as a response to the increase in number of confirmed cases in the state to avoid Rivers State becoming the next epicentre of the pandemic disease in Nigeria.