Kwara state government Tuesday evening declared a total lockdown of Offa community to effectively trace the contacts of residents who might have innocently contacted the COVID-19 virus in the ancient town even as it denied that one of the two COVID-19 victims has died.
The government also said that security agencies have been drafted to the community to ensure that the residents fully comply with the directive while arrangements have been completed to send palliatives to the people of Offa during this period.
Recall that a Chartered Accountant native of Offa Alhaji Jimoh Muideen a returnee from the United Kingdom who was later diagnosed to have been killed by COVID-19 virus was taken Offa last week Thursday from UITH Ilorin for burial unknown to many family members, sympathisers and particularly the Islamic clerics who performed burial rites the cause of his death.
Governor Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman had declared earlier in the day that 75 persons have been on contact tracing over the development, while the Consultant in the hospital Prof.A.K Salami who concealed information about the deceased has been suspended.
Speaking last night at a press conference in Ilorin, the Deputy Governor and Chairman Technical Committee on COVID-19 in the state Mr Kayode Alabi said the total lockdown will start by 6 pm today Wednesday for the next fourteen-day, and subject to review based on the progress of the COVID-19 Technical Committee on the contacts tracing.
He said, “The shutdown means a total restriction on every vehicular movement into or from Offa. The exceptions to this directive are those contained in the recent address of Mr President which granted access to vehicles transporting foodstuffs, poultry and pharmaceutical products.
“Any other movement, private or commercial is hereby banned for the next 14 days or until such a time the government is satisfied that our people are no longer at risk of mass infections arising from the two cases that have been traced to the town.”