Benin monarch, the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has called on Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki to effect a total lockdown of the state to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
This was in a letter written to the governor where he said that it was imperative that movement was restricted in the state to the barest minimum to safeguard the life of the citizens.
The letter reads in part, “Your Excellency, we respectfully wish to invite your attention to the incident of Covid-19,(Coronavirus) pandemic and the attendant risk of its continued spread among the people of Edo State.
“You may wish to recall the stakeholders meeting convened by Your Excellency with traditional rulers at the outset of the outbreak of the virus, where I advised that the Edo State Government should take the issue of containment seriously, to mitigate its spread among citizens and residents of the state.
“However, we have observed with serious concern the rising number of confirmed cases of the Covid-19 in the state, which as at the date of this letter has reached 15 persons with one death recorded.’’