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Illegality of Restriction Order: President Buhari Signs COVID-19 Regulations, 2020

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President Muhammadu Buhari has legalised restriction order in a bid to further prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in the country.

The Street Reporters Newspaper gathered that in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Quarantine Act (CAP Q2 LFN 2004), and all other powers enabling him in that behalf, the President Monday, signed the COVID-19 Regulations, 2020, which declared COVID-19 a dangerous infectious disease.

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The Regulations, effective March 30, 2020, also gave legal backing to the various measures outlined in the President’s National Broadcast on March 29, 2020, such as restriction of cessation of movement in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun States, and others toward containing the spread of the pandemic.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina who confirmed the development in statement added that “to ensure that Nigerians can still perform on-line transactions and use ATMs (Automated Teller Machines) whilst observing these restrictions, exemption is granted financial system and money markets to allow very skeletal operations in order to keep the system in light operations during the pendency of these regulations”.

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