Anambra State Police PRO, Haruna Mohammed

The Anambra Police Command on Sunday declared Operation no Movement in the state as a measure to curb the spread of coronavirus disease in the area.

In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, the command said the declaration was in line with the pronouncement of the state governor, Willie Obiano,on Friday of a comprehensive lockdown on the state.

Obiano had declared a lockdown on the state following the announcement on Friday of the presence of the first case of the disease in the state by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

The command in the statement on Sunday said the enforcement had commenced with immediate effect. The statement read in part, “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 28 and has socialised extensively.

“This extreme restriction became necessary in order to identify and isolate primary and secondary contacts as well as to ensure no further spread as the contact tracing is ongoing.”

Meanwhile, a former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, has frowned on the manner the people of the state handled the index case of COVID-19. He condemned the way the patient was stigmatised and his situation made viral on the internet as if COVID-19 was a criminally-induced disease.

He commended the Anambra State Government for taking the index case to an isolation centre and for following up on the matter in line with prescribed practices. He appealed to the people to empathise with victims of such circumstance instead of vilifying them.

He said, “I urge all Anambrarians and Nigerians to know that the coronavirus illness is not sexually transmitted or a criminally-induced disease.

“It is beyond politics and should not be subjected to fake news. Those afflicted need love, care, understanding and above all, prayers to God to intervene in this scourge ravaging the world.”