“The lockdown was with the full blessings of all the Imams in the state from the different Islamic sects…”
The government of Kano State has arrested an imam for defying the lockdown and social distance order aimed at curbing the spread of deadly coronavirus in the state.
The imam, who heads the Gwammaja Mosque, was said to have held the Friday congregational prayer in the mosque amid COVID-19 lockdown.
The special adviser to the state governor Abdullahi Ganduje, confirmed the arrest.
“The Imam of Gwammaja Mosque that performed Friday Prayers today in Kano despite the lockdown order has been arrested,” he said.
“The lockdown was with the full blessings of all the Imams in the state from the different Islamic sects.
“The only way to enforce social distancing is lockdown.”
Six new cases of the disease were confirmed in the state late Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 27.
The state has also recorded one death.
To curb the spread of the disease, the government had ordered a total lockdown in the state for seven days after four cases of COVID-19 were confirmed.
“Following the outbreak of this disease, COVID-19 in Kano and the subsequent cases we recorded, Kano Government has resolved to lock down the state for a duration of seven days starting from Thursday 16th April,” the governor had said.
“We want to however call on the scholars that Kano residents should start purchasing foodstuff, as that would help curtail the spread of the disease in the state. The lockdown would start at 10pm, no more markets, no more gatherings, and mosques.”