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#Lockdown: Crowded banks, bustops as lockdown eases in lagos, FCT.

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      Like a flock of birds that had been expecting freedom, many residents of Lagos State and the Federal Capital Territory trooped out of their homes on Monday after about six weeks of lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.

       Bus stops witnessed many passengers going to their various offices; gridlock was seen on major highways that had been deserted all this while; bank premises were filled to the brim. “I had to go to the bank to report a failed transaction; I wanted to use a POS (Point of Sale) machine at a store three weeks into the lockdown. The transaction failed but my account was debited. “I couldn’t wait for my bank to open to complain about the transaction so they could rectify it. That’s why even though I knew banks would be filled up, I still went there on Monday. I can’t forgo the money; I’m broke,” Kunle Sunmonu, a Lagos-based teacher, told our correspondent.

      Another bank customer based in Abuja, Friday James, said he visited the bank on Monday to complain about a failed N100, 000 transaction during the lockdown. “I sell building products and I supplied one of my customers before the lockdown started. Three days after the lockdown started, the customer sent N100, 000 into my account but I didn’t receive any credit alert. “I was among those who hurried to the bank as early as 7am on Monday. Even at that, I was number 70 in the queue. After I spent about four hours with no hope of being attended to, I had to leave,” he said.

      A civil servant, Mrs Elizabeth Olurunnisola, said she couldn’t be happier to drive on the streets of Lagos again after many weeks in what she described as “detention.” She said, “It was like I was detained all this while. I’m an extrovert and staying indoors is not my thing. Coming out again on Monday was a huge relief, which was however marred by the gridlock on the Third Mainland Bridge. “All the same, it feels good to be outdoors again and we all hope the COVID-19 pandemic would end and there would be total easing of the lockdown.”

       An Abuja-based sales manager, Chijioke Martins, said his debit card was trapped by an Automated Teller Machine during the lockdown and he needed to replace it immediately, which was why he rushed to the bank on Monday.

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Governor Sanwo-olu has announced the easing of curfew today.

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced the easing of the curfew imposed on Lagos state over repeated attacks on facilities by suspected thugs wreaking havoc under the guise of EndSARS protest.

The governor made the announcement on Friday evening, October 23, during a press conference in the state. Legit.ng recalls that Sanwo-Olu imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state as suspected hoodlums continued to unleash mayhem under the guise of EndSARS protest. The decision was announced on Tuesday, October 20, in a series of tweets by the Lagos state governor following repeated attacks by thugs which led to the burning and destruction of Apapa-Igamu police station. Announcing the curfew, Governor Sanwo-Olu, who noted that the protest was already hijacked, declared that the government would not watch and allow anarchy in Lagos. But while speaking on Arise TV on Thursday, October 22, the governor had hinted that the curfew might be relaxed soon. In a subsequent development on Friday, the governor announced the relaxation of the curfew, saying Lagos state “needs to heal.”

Sanwo-Olu said the decision was made after close consultation with “various levels of security” stakeholders in the state despite “pocket of insecurity.” “We still have a pocket of insecurity we need to deal with, just pocket to restore normalcy. We have decided that we are going to ease the curfew. ” For emphasis, people will be allowed to go out from 8am in the morning to 6pm in the evening. We have also commenced the clean up of the city. I appeal to our motorists to be careful. Drive with a lot of caution because there are still barricade. We will look at the curfew in Saturday and Sunday.. . Lagos needs to heal. And the healing has started.” Meanwhile, with Lekki shooting still gaining momentum amid floodgates of reactions globally, Governor Sanwo-Olu has lifted the lids on the alleged removal of the CCTV camera prior to the toll gate incident.

Speaking on Arise TV on Thursday, October 22, the Lagos state governor stated that “nobody ordered” the removal of the camera and turning off the light contrary to the circulation on the social media.

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