The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced the closure of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja effective from Monday, March 23.
This comes following report on Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic increased from 12 cases to 22.
In a statement on Saturday by the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Musa Nuhu 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.
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 period.
He however said 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.”
The Lagos and Abuja airports are the two major entry points into Nigeria.
Also on Saturday, Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant on New Media to President Muhammadu Buhari tweeted that the Nigerian Railway Corporation plans to suspend all passenger services in the country effective Monday, March 23.
The suspension is not unconnected to the spread of the novel COVID-19.