Nigerian govt shuts Lagos, Abuja airports as country’s coronavirus cases hit 22


The Nigeria’s government has announced the shutting down of the country’s busiest airports, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos; and the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja effective from Monday, March 23.

This, as gathered is a measure taken to put the rising cases of the novel coronavirus under control,  as the pandemic suddenly increased geometrically from 12 to 22 on Saturday, the Lagos and Abuja airports being the two major entry ports into Nigeria.

The Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Nuhu, in a statement, said, the closure of international flight operations at the Lagos and Abuja airports are in addition to the three other international airports in Kano, Enugu and Port Harcourt shut for flight operations on Saturday.

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Nuhu, who hinted that the closure would last through April 23, also said that emergency and essential flights could be operated from any of the airports within the period.

While noting that domestic flight operations would continue normally in all airports in the country, Nuhu, said: “Further to our earlier letter on the restriction of international flights into Nigeria, we wish to inform you that effective Monday, 23rd March at 2300Z to 23rd April at 2300Z, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos (DNMM) and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja (DNAA) will be closed to all international flights.

“This is in addition to the closure of Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano (DNKN); Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu (DNEN); and Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa (DNPO) effective Saturday, 21 March at 2300Z.

“Henceforth, all airports in Nigeria are closed to all incoming international flights with the exception of emergency and essential flights.

“Domestic flights will continue normal operations at all airports.”