COVID-19: FG shuts Lagos, Abuja airports as cases rise to 22



Posed by Sade Williams 


The Federal Government has announced the closure of Lagos and Abuja airports effective March 23, 2020.


A statement by the Director generaof the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Nuhu, said this is in exception to essential and emergency services.


According to him, “Further to our earlier letter on the restriction of international flights into Nigeria, we wish to inform you that effective Monday, 23rd March at 2300Z to 23rd April at 2300Z, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos (DNMM) and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja (DNAA) will be closed to all international flights.


“This is in addition to the closure of Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano (DNKN); Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu (DNEN); and Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa (DNPO) effective Saturday, 21 March at 2300Z.


“Henceforth, all airports in Nigeria are closed to all incoming international flights with the exception of emergency and essential flights.


“Domestic flights will continue normal operations at all airports.” he said.


This new announcement is coming as Nigeria has recorded three new cases of COVID-19 in Abuja and some others in Lagos, the cases are now up to 22 in Nigeria.

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