Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has lifted the lockdown imposed on Kabba/Bunu areas of the state.
Bello had during the week imposed lockdown on the communities over alleged COVID-19 cases.
The governor, however, on Friday said the purpose of the lockdown in those communities had been accomplished.
He stated that the state remained COVID-19 free and that the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, was playing politics with the pandemic in Nigeria.
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“We have collated many samples during the lockdown and they all returned negative. We have sent all the samples to NCDC for further claims.
“Exercise was concluded within three days. We have faced Lassa and yellow fevers outbreak in the past and we have curtailed them successfully without making noise about it.
“The mission of locking down the Kabba/Bunu area is already accomplished. I, therefore, lift the lockdown immediately. Kabba people should come out and do their lawful businesses.
“I appreciate everyone involved as there was no single history of molestation from the law enforcement agencies during the period of lockdown.
“We have been vindicated by this latest development that Kogi remained Covid19 free. We have no issue to join with NCDC, we only enjoined them to be professional, and respect their own rule of engagement.
“You cannot allocate a figure of test not carried out in the state for the state. The NCDC should tell us their political angle so that we can face them politically. They should not politicise everything.”