The Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano ordered an immediate lock down of the state, following the disappearance of the COVID-19 index case.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced on Friday that Anambra recorded its first case of the virus.
The patient was said to have made contacts with many others before he ran away.
The Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala and his Information and Public Enlightenment counterpart, Mr C Don Adinuba, said there was no cause for alarm.
The Police Command in Awka, in a statement on Sunday, declared that the enforcement of the lock down would commence immediately.
The statement was issued and signed by the Command’s Public Relation’s Officer, Mr Mohammed Haruna.
Haruna said, “The Anambra State Police Command wishes to inform the general public that the Command in compliance with the directives of the Anambra State Governments in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 has commenced total enforcement of lockdown order in the State with immediate effect.
“In view of this,the public are kindly requested to stay at home. No movement, no local transportation. The index case has been in the state since March 28th and has socialized extensively.
“This extreme restriction became necessary in order to identify and isolate primary and secondary contacts as well as ensure no further spread as the contact tracing is ongoing.
“The public is to note that the Police and all security Agencies in the State are geared to enforce this order to the later in observance of overriding public health interest.”