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Update: Lagos suspends planned reopening of churches, mosques



Lekki sealed buildings, Lagos state governor issues new guidelines for lockdown, consider full reopening of its economy

The Lagos State  Government has suspended indefinitely the planned reopening of mosques and churches on Friday, June 19 and Sunday, June 21 respectively.

This was disclosed by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday, June 16, during a press briefing at Alausa Ikeja.


The governor explained that this is as a result of the rising cases of the coronavirus pandemic in the state which has been the epicentre of the virus in the country.

Sanwo-Olu stated that the measure has become necessary so as to prevent the current situation regarding the high level of infection in the state from getting out of hand.

According to the Governor, “As at midnight yesterday, June 15, 2020, Lagos State had recorded a total of 7,319 confirmed cases of Covid-19. Of this number, 1,137 have fully recovered and been discharged, while 82 have sadly died, leaving 6,100 active cases under management in the State.’’

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“Our dear state, therefore, continues to be the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, with about 44% of the total number of confirmed cases nationwide. Let me again say that the steady increase in a number of confirmed cases is by no means unexpected. Considering that the infection is now very much in our midst, the more we test, the more the number of positive cases that will emerge.’’

Going further, Sanwo-Olu said, “The uplifting news is that, based on the statistics emerging from Lagos State, more than 90% of the people who test positive will go on to fully recover under supervision, and be discharged.’’

“Dear Lagosians, in the most recent guidelines which we issued on the gradual easing of the lockdown, based on the advice of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, I noted that we would shortly be permitting the restricted opening of religious houses, on the condition of strict compliance with detailed guidelines issued by the Lagos State Safety Commission.’’

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“We have been closely monitoring the situation since then, and have now concluded that we cannot proceed with any form of re-opening for places of worship in Lagos State, until further notice. “This is not a decision that we have taken lightly, it is simply in line with our ongoing evaluation of evolving scenarios regarding the course of the infection in Lagos State and the corresponding public health advisory guidelines issued by the experts.’’

“We are now hereby suspending, with immediate effect, the plan to re-open religious houses and places of worship in Lagos State, until further notice.’’

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and continue to base our decision-making on data modelling; as well as on the responsibility we have to act in a manner that ensures the protection of all you the people of Lagos State. Therefore, until further notice, all places of worship in Lagos State will remain closed. Social and events centres, and social clubs, will also remain closed, for now.’

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The governor then pointed out that the state is now fully in the phase of personal responsibility, regarding the pandemic where the sensible decisions we take daily can help save us all and defeat the virus.

He said as a government his administration would continue to do everything within its power to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the people, but that could only be effective when the people themselves act responsibly and do not behave in a manner that undermines public health guidelines and puts the society at risk.

He said the state government hopes to balance the competing considerations of life and livelihood.





Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email- [email protected]



  1. Promise

    June 16, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    Dear governor of Lagos state, we the citizens go to the market, we go to work, even the markets are more crowded than the churches and mosques. What do you stand to gain. Corona virus is inefficient in this country and we know it. Show us proof of the dead people, don’t they have families? Do not allow the grace God Almighty is giving you to expire. Allow us to worship our God. No amount of lock down will reduce the numbers that you people are piling up. So for heaven’s sake, let us be.

  2. Akinde Samson

    June 16, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    There are lots of hypocrisy in the policy of the state and the federal government. You lock down the religion institutions as if the coronavirus demons domicile in them. You opened the market and Bank that you can not control the crowd. If you want to lock down, do it better, and stop unnecessary policy that will put people under difficult situation for very long periods. It’s better not to ignite provocation of the masses who might be forced to act irresponsibly.

  3. Isaiah Isaiah udo

    June 16, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    The doctors should be fearful over the informations of coronavirous they should not allowed the anger of God on them , let the worshippers of God return to their God to Avoid God’s anger.

  4. Pastor Richard Samuel

    June 17, 2020 at 3:30 am

    Oh! How I pity this young governor. Dear Mr. Sanwo Olu probably you haven’t read about those who stood in the way of God’s people in the Bible and tried to restrict them from serving their God.The sad story is that God actually took them out of the way by a sordid death.I pray that that would not be your case. JESUS CHRIST is the true God of Mercy and compassion but He does not delight in wickedness and mischief. To fear God and obey Him above any human God-fathers or any superior personalities is great wisdom. Please act wise dear governor; for the sake of your soul, when you will close your eyes and face God at the other side.

  5. Ola

    June 17, 2020 at 5:03 am

    What is the real issue about the place of worship? Did your medical experts say they breed covid-19? Banks are safe, markets are safe and even parks that are overcrowded are safe but the place of worship is not. I think there’s more to this.

  6. Michael isimeto oshioke

    June 17, 2020 at 6:03 am

    Governor sanwo olu I have never liked him personally. You allow people to go to markets, to go and buy tablets in pharmacies but u don’t allow them to go worship centres to praise and pray to God right? You have connived with federal government, health minister and others not to allow people to go to worship centres. You 5G and Antichrist people u will all go to hell fire in Jesus name amen especially minister of health with all those false figures he is given, hell fire is his portion in Jesus name amen. Have you people not finished installing your Antichrist 5G masks. You and the Federal government of Nigeria were given one billion dollars by America to allow installation of Antichrist 5G. You will all rot in hell in Jesus name amen. Useless people! Pls allow my comment to get to them OK?

  7. David Asemokha

    June 17, 2020 at 8:14 am

    This is hard to comprehend. How does closure of worship centres help on the fight against Covid-19, while markets, banks, bus park and work places are open and operating to full capacity. These are places with crowd that you can not control.
    It is a pity that you allowed yourself to be used against God. Do not stand in the way O God. Pharoah negotiated the liberty of God’s people to serve him, you sure know his end.

    Take caution Mr Governor and dare to fear God for once. Your caseay be worse than Ambode who rose against the Chaplain.

    No one ever deny God of the service of his people to him and live to tell the story.

    All through scriptures, whenever there are plagues in the Land, it takes God’s intervention to stay the plagues.

    Let worship centres open to full capacity for one month and see the dramatic victory we will record against corona virus

  8. Samuel

    June 17, 2020 at 9:34 am

    Is better let us remain like this. God will help us. This one is beyond humanity

  9. Official Cele Lawa

    June 17, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    Mr Governor, as a citizen of this nation I call for a better explanation for restricting religious activities while other economical activities are not being restricted. This is illogical, markets are running, banks and parks are, as well as offices and companies but yet you felt we are not supposed to worship God.

  10. Anonymous

    June 17, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    Any action that will take to reduce the spread of this virus should be taken.anywhere we pray God will answers us.what matters is our pure or no church,mosque or no mosque,what matters is remain ur faith in Christ or Allah.

    • Anonymous

      June 19, 2020 at 9:52 am

      Is true bt iron sharpneth iron so let d people go nd worship der God

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COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 3rd of July 2020, 454 new confirmed cases and 12 deaths were recorded in Nigeria bringing the total confirmed cases recorded in the country to 27,564.



The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria touched a new milestone as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 27,564 confirmed cases.

On the 3rd of July 2020, 454 new confirmed cases and 12 deaths were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 3,308 samples across the country.


To date, 27,564 cases have been confirmed, 11,069 cases have been discharged and 628 deaths have been recorded in 18 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 144,833 tests have been carried out as of July 3rd, 2020 compared to 141,525 tests a day earlier.

COVID-19 Case Updates- 3rd July 2020

  • Total Number of Cases – 27,564
  • Total Number Discharged – 11,069
  • Total Deaths – 628
  • Total Tests Carried out – 144,833

According to the NCDC, the 454 new cases were reported from 19 states- Lagos (87), Edo (63), Abuja (60), Ondo (41), Benue (32), Abia (31), Ogun (29), Oyo (19), Kaduna (17), Delta (16), Enugu (15), Borno (14), Plateau (9), Nasarawa (8), Kano (5), Bauchi (2), Gombe (2), Katsina and Kogi 1 case each.

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 10,910, followed by Abuja (2,080), Oyo (1,451), Edo (1,266), Kano (1,262), Delta (1,165) Rivers (1,114), Ogun (927),  Kaduna (835), Katsina (579), Bauchi (516), Borno (515), Gombe (513), Ebonyi (438), Plateau (402), Ondo (394), Abia (382), Enugu (357), Imo (352), Jigawa (318).

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Kwara state has recorded 269 cases, Bayelsa (234), Nasarawa (221), Sokoto (152), Osun (148), Niger (116), Akwa Ibom (104), Benue (97), Adamawa (89), Kebbi (81), Zamfara (76), Anambra (73), Yobe (61), Ekiti (43), Taraba (19), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases.


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Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020.

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July 2, 2020271106266161310801156937
July 1, 2020264847906031310152157297
June 30, 202025694561590179746153587
June 29, 20202513356657389402151587
June 28, 20202486749056579007149957
June 27, 20202407777955848625148947
June 26, 20202329868455458253144917
June 25, 20202261459454977822142437
June 24, 20202202064954297613138657
June 23, 20202137145253387338135007
June 22, 20202091967552577109132857
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May 22, 2020726124522110200750337
May 21, 2020701633921111190748987
May 20, 202066772842008184046377
May 19, 202064012261921173444757
May 18, 202061752161919164443407
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May 16, 202056211761765147239737
May 15, 202054452881713132039544
May 14, 202051621931683118038154
May 13, 202049711841646107037374
May 12, 20204787146158695936704
May 11, 202046412421521090235894
May 10, 202043992481421777834794
May 9, 202041512391271174532784
May 8, 202039123861181067931154
May 7, 20203526381108460128184
May 6, 20203145195104553425071
May 5, 2020295014899548123704
May 4, 2020280224594641722912
May 3, 2020255817088240020702
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April 30, 2020193220459731715562
April 29, 2020172819652730713692
April 28, 2020153219545425512322
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April 25, 20201182873632229252
April 24, 202010951143312088552
April 23, 20209811083231977532
April 22, 2020873912931976482
April 21, 20207821172631975602
April 20, 2020665382311884662
April 19, 2020627862221704362
April 18, 2020541482021663562
April 17, 2020493511841593172
April 16, 2020442351311522772
April 15, 2020407341211282672
April 14, 202037330111992632
April 13, 202034320100912422
April 12, 20203235100852282
April 11, 202031813103702382
April 10, 20203051770582402
April 9, 20202881471512302
April 8, 20202742260442262
April 7, 20202541661442042
April 6, 2020238650351982
April 5, 20202321851331942
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March 29, 2020111221031070
March 28, 20208919103850
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March 26, 20206514102620
March 25, 2020517102480
March 24, 2020444102410
March 23, 20204010112370
March 22, 2020308002280
March 21, 20202210001210
March 20, 2020124001110
March 19, 20208000170
March 18, 20208500170
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Update: Lagos to reopen schools on August 3

The governor said that the resumption is only for pupils and students in graduating classes.



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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced that both public and private schools will resume on August 3, 2020, after over 3 months of being shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This is in line with the recent pronouncement by the Federal Government,


This was disclosed by the Governor while giving a situation report on COVID-19 at Lagos House Marina on July 3, 2020.

The governor said that the resumption is only for pupils and students in graduating classes, that is Primary 6, JSS 3, and SSS 3 who are preparing for exams.

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He said other schools will remain closed and should continue with the online studies.

He said that pupils in primary schools and junior secondary schools 3 students will resume school a week or 2 weeks after the senior secondary school 3 students would have resumed. The governor also added that this only applies to day schools for both public and private as boarding schools will remain shut.

According to the Governor, ‘’Tertiary institutions will remain closed. We continue to support online teaching during this period. However, students in the transitional classes who have mandatory public examinations ahead of them will be permitted to resume for revision classes and examinations. The commencement date for this will be from Monday, August 3rd.’’

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‘’All educational establishments are to follow the guidelines for the reopening. We just finished a very serious meeting with stakeholders in the educational sector for the reopening. SS3 and Tech 3 students are to start, for JSS3 and primary 6, they will wait for about a week or 2 before resumption.’’

‘’The permitted opening will be for only day schooling. No boarding activities are permitted during this time. School authorities are expected to prepare well from now till August 3’

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It can be recalled that the federal government had on Monday, June 29, 2020, announced that pupils and students in graduating classes were free to reopen while also maintaining the safety measures that had been outlined by the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19.

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UNICEF in negotiations to buy COVID-19 drug for 4.5 million patients in poor countries

The initial purchase will be made for up to 4.5 million people in low and middle-income countries.



UNICEF in negotiations to buy COVID-19 drug for 4.5 million patients in poor countries

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is currently in negotiations to purchase the steroid-dexamethasone  – for 4.5 million coronavirus infected patients in low and middle-income countries.

According to a report from Reuters, the advance purchase will be made under a deal negotiation led by UNITAID and Wellcome.


According to a joint statement from both agencies, the deal is part of the World Health Organization (WHO)’s plan to accelerate access to therapeutics in the battle against the global pandemic.

“With this advanced purchase we aim to ensure equitable access for low- and middle-income countries for the treatment of COVID-19 with the life-saving drug dexamethasone, and avoid shortages resulting from high levels of demand from other parts of the world,” said Philippe Duneton, acting executive director of UNITAID said in the statement.

The initial purchase will be made for up to 4.5 million people in low and middle-income countries, the agencies said on Friday.

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The steroid dexamethasone, originally a corticosteroid medication used in the treatment of conditions such as asthma, inflammatory disorders and certain cancers, was discovered to be effective in treating severe or critical COVID-19 patients on ventilators, following clinical trials in the United Kingdom.

Earlier in June, Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire had called on frontline clinicians to consider the use of dexamethasone in the treatment of COVID-19 across the country.

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Speaking during one of the daily briefings by the Task Force on COVID-19, Ehanire noted that the drug had been in use since the 1960s and its side effects are well known to medical practitioners

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“Luckily, this medicine is not new. It is a well-known steroid that is used for other purposes but was found to be useful in this case (treatment of COVID-19). So it is easy to try it out because we already know its side effects. It is not a product that will get you worried about its possible side effects.

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“So we are going to ask our clinician to also consider adding it to their trials and see what result it brings in our circumstances,” he said in the briefing, acknowledging the results from the UK clinical trials.

The World Health Organisation also welcomed the results of the initial clinical trial results from the United Kingdom showing that dexamethasone could be lifesaving for patients who are critically ill with COVID-19 and for patients on ventilators.


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