22 Coronavirus Cases: Nigerian Govt Shuts Lagos, Abuja Airports Monday

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After shutting the Kano, Enugu and Port-Harcourt Int’l Airports on Saturday, the Federal Government will be closing the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos; and the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on Monday, March 23.

The shutting down of the airports, The New Diplomat learnt became mandatory following a re-assesment of the cases emanating from the Coronavirus pandemic which quickly rose from 12 to 22 in one day in Africa’s most populous country.

The airports in Lagos and Abuja are the busiest airports in Nigeria and the major transit points for international travelers in and outside Nigeria.

In a statement signed by the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Musa Nuhu, 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.

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

He noted that domestic flight operations would continue normally in all airports in the country.

He 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.”

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'Dotun Akintomide's journalism works intersect business, environment, politics and developmental issues. Among a number of local and international publications, his work has appeared in the New York Times. He's a winner of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Award. Currently, the Online Editor at The New Diplomat, Akintomide has produced reports that uniquely spoke to Nigeria's experience on Climate Change issues. When Akintomide is not writing, volunteering or working on a media project, you can find him seeing beautiful sites like the sandy beaches that bedecked the Lagos coastline.

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