From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has relaxed the total lockdown imposed on Kabba/Bunu local government area just 48 hours into the exercise.
Addressing Newsmen on the development, Friday, in Lokoja, the Governor said that the decision to relax the lockdown was due to the completion of contact tracing exercise and the cooperation of the people which made the exercise hicth free.
Bello said with the relaxation of the lockdown,every one in the local government area was free to go back to their normal lives.
“We have concluded contact tracing, carried out extension tests on the members of the family and they all came back negative”.
According to him,”as far as we are concerned, the state is free from Covid-19.
While rejecting the latest confirmation oh one Covid19 index case in the state by the National Centre for Disease Control NCDC, Bello said, “while we have no reason to doubt the professional competence of the centre,we call for more professionalism in handling the issue of the pandemic .
“Let them tell us if they are politicising it so that we will can know how to engage them appropriately.” He said.
He expressed appreciation to the security agencies for helping to enforce the lockdown without a single report of molestation.
“I want to place on record the appreciation of the state government to the people of Kabba/Bunu for their cooperation and security agencies who helped to encourage it with any incident of molestation.” The Governor said.
Bello expressed shock and sadness over the robbery attack on Police Station and First Bank of Nigeria PLC at Isanlu where a DPO and eight others were killed.
He vowed that perpetrators of the dastardly act would be fished out and made to face the wrath of the law.
On the judgment delivered by the Federal High Court, Lokoja on Tuesday declaring Lokoja, Ajaokuta and Kogi Local Government Areas as belonging to the Igala Kingdom, the Governor appealed to parties involved to remain calm and avoid actions that could trigger violence.
“I urge the people of the affected local governments to be law abiding. Don’t take laws into your hands but should rather seek legal redress.
“My government will not tolerate any burning issues that could tear the people of the state apart. Government will also resist actions that could cause mayhem, sectionalism, tribalism and imperialism” Bello warns
The Governor assured that his administration will continue to foster the needed unity, togetherness and peaceful coexistence among the various ethnic groups in the state.