Men from Lagos state Rapid Response Squad

Lagos, Africa’s biggest city and business hub of Nigeria has initiated a total lockdown, with the restriction of all movement of people and closure of businesses and offices to stem the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

The lockdown which commenced on Monday at 11 p.m. and will last for an initial period of two weeks, was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s order during a live broadcast on Sunday. The lock also affects Ogun State and the Federal Capital Territory. The three areas in the country have been hit hardest by the coronavirus.

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the country has risen to 135, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced Tuesday morning in an update on its website.

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Here are pictures from around Lagos during day 1 of the lockdown. Photos by Ayodele Efunla.

LAWMA officials doing their work despite shutdown

LAWMA officials doing their job despite shutdown


Agege Ogba road is deserted


Lagos Ibadan Expressway

Lagos Ibadan Expressway. No Traffic jam today.


Lagos-Ibadan Express way

Lagos-Ibadan Express way


Empty Ojodu Berger park


An officer from the NSCDC Lagos Command on ground

An officer from the NSCDC Lagos Command on ground


NSCDC officers on duty on Lagos Ibadan expressway


Blockade mounted at the entrance to Lagos state

Blockade mounted at the entrance to Lagos state