Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of the state of Lagos, warned churches against violating curfew from 12:00 to 04:00, introduced by the federal government, as part of efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus.
He said that on Thursday, answering questions about the annual crossing services, which the churches organized on December 31 – services should usually be started in the early hours of January 1.
Speaking at the state house in Marina in Lagos, Sanwo-Ol called on religious leaders to ensure their followers adhere to security protocols established to stop the spread of the virus.
“No gatherings are planned. That’s what we said. The curfew set by the NCDC, PTF is still active. “There is a national curfew from 12 midnight to 4 in the morning and that must be respected,” he said.
“There are no night vigils in any form. The instructions are there; all the restrictions set by the PTF are still in force, as well as the Lagos State Commission and all the rules set. So there is no vigil anywhere.
“This is just one Christmas. We will have a few Christmases so you can have your prayers at home. Curfew even starts at 12, so people still have to follow those rules. “
In September, the Presidential Operations Team (PTF) at COVID-19 adjusted the curfew from 22:00 to 04:00 to 12:00 to 04:00.
Meanwhile, Nigeria recently experienced an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases across the country, with the daily number of infections reaching a record 1,145 positive samples on December 17.
The Nigerian Centers for Disease Control (NCDC) attributed this recent increase to increased travel, religious activities, and minimal adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols.