Ekiti and Kaduna states’ governments have warned motorists against violating the lockdown regulations.
They said drivers found violating the regulations would have their vehicles impounded and auctioned.
Ekiti State’s new directive was contained in its COVID-19 Implementation Guidelines released yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, and signed by Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Biodun Oyebanji.
This happened as the state government relaxed the lockdown imposed on the state.
Reading the guidelines at a COVID-19 update media briefing, Information Commissioner Muyiwa Olumilua said the ban on interstate travels remained in force.
He said any vehicle seized would be forfeited to the state government.
The government said the lockdown had not been totally removed, explaining that the residents could enjoy freedom of movement on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 7 a.m and 4 p.m, while the curfew earlier imposed between 7 p.m and 6 a.m still subsists.
The Kaduna State government said it would impound vehicles that are not essential duty.
Managing Director of Kaduna Market Development and Management Company, Hafiz Mohammed Bayero, addressed reporters yesterday on the government’s restriction of movement.
He said the residents should not seen on major roads, like Ahmadu Bello Way, Independence Way, Ali Akilu Way and Constitution Road, among others, to get their needs.
The managing director said there is a designated neighbourhood market within one-kilometre radius of every neighbourhood for them to buy food, medicines and other essentials.
He warned that anybody not on essential duty found driving on the major roads, especially on Wednesdays, Saturdays, would have his or her vehicle confiscated and auctioned at the end of the pandemic.