Covid-19: Niger relaxes lockdown for Juma'at Prayers (corrected version)

Niger State government today relaxed the 24 hours lockdown for 4 hours to enable Muslim Ummah in the State observe the congregational Friday (Juma'at) Prayer.


Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sanni Bello.

(Earlier reference that he is Engr. Sule is an error from the Editor which we apologize for)


The Secretary to the Government of Niger State and Chairman, Niger State Task Force on COVID-19, Alhaji Ahmed Matane in a statement signed by his Information Officer, Lawal Tanko said the Juma’at Prayer will hold between 11am to 3pm.

The statement directed all Imams to ensure that the Juma'at Prayers are held under strict observance of all the precautionary measures, using hand sanitizers, face masks, hand washing facilities (soap, and water), maintaining social distancing and avoiding contact base greetings.

It also directed that sermon and prayers are to be conducted within thirty minutes.

The statement then advised Muslims faithful in the state to adhere strictly to the precautionary measures taken by Government on the containment of coronavirus pandemic in the State.

The lockdown however continues immediately after the Juma'at Prayers.

Similar window will be granted on Sunday to enable Christians in the state attend Church services on Sunday.

- Jimi Anjolaoluwa.

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