Minna-Residents of Minna, Niger State Capital yesterday took to all major streets in Minna in panic for a last-minute purchase of foodstuffs and other materials in preparation for the two weeks total lockdown announced by the state government which starts today.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello had on Saturday slammed another two weeks of total lockdown on the people just after ending a two-week Curfew yesterday.
The residents who were caught unaware with the sudden announcement on Saturday by the Governor had to rush to any available market to make last-minute purchases and also beat the 8 am-2 pm free period for people to make their purchases and return back home to comply with the Curfew which had been imposed on the State before.
The total lockdown was as a result of a man suspected to have contacted the virus from Lagos and came to Minna, the State Capital but was denied entry into his house by his family in order not to spread the disease to the household.
There was a mad rush in the State Capital as vehicles thronged all the roads, parked indiscriminately on the highways for their purchases thereby causing avoidable logjam.
In all major Supermarkets, people were also seen moving in and out for various purchases.
All Banks in Minna visited also witnessed unprecedented crowd as there were long queues to withdraw money from the ATM.
Most Filling Stations, Gas Depots visited were also crowded as a result of last-minute purchases.
In all, the Social distancing being preached to avoid contacting the Virus and washing of hands at public places were totally defeated.
Christians were however allowed to worship to commemorate the Easter Sunday but had to conduct their Services hurriedly in order to beat the 2pm window allowed.