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PHOTOS: ‘Crowded buses, rowdy ATM points’ — Nigerians shun social distancing as lockdown ends

PHOTOS: ‘Crowded buses, rowdy ATM points’ — Nigerians shun social distancing as lockdown ends
May 04
14:10 2020

Some residents of Ogun, Lagos and Abuja resumed normal activities on Monday — five weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the areas.

When the president ordered the lockdown on March 30, there were 131 confirmed cases of COVID-19, but as of the time the measure was eased, the country had 2,588 cases.

Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation and chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19, had said the relaxation of the lockdown was a difficult decision.

He, however, appealed to citizens to adhere strictly to the rules of the Nigeria Centre of Disease and Control (NCDC), especially on social distancing.


TheCable went round Lagos, Ogun and Abuja to check the level of compliance with NCDC guidelines.

Below are pictures:



The crowd at GTB on 3rd Avenue, Gwarimpa estate, Abuja, on Monday morning

No social distancing at Access Bank branch opposite Alaba Rago, Lagos-Badagry expressway

A bus heading to Oshodi from Iyana Ipaja in Lagos

A face mask seller at Iyana-Ipaja roundabout

Social distancing? This sachet water seller and the buyer have face masks on, and not too close to each other.

People waiting to get into Access Bank, 3rd Avenue, Gwarimpa Estate, Abuja

A woman and her kids with face masks at Agege, Lagos


An elderly woman crossing the road at Iyana-Ipaja

Stadium bus stop, Surulere, Lagos, is empty

Busy Tejuosho market, Yaba, Lagos

Ikotun roundabout, Lagos

Okada riders masked for work in Abuja


Some passengers running to enter a Mile2 bus from Iyana Iba. There is a 100% increase in fare from N200 to N400

Passengers entering a cab at the ever busy Area 3 junction in Abuja

ATM Queue, Zenith Bank, Gowon Estate, Egbeda, Lagos.

No face masks, yet this okada has two passengers

A police officer inspecting transporters’ compliance with new spacing arrangement for passengers in Ikeja

Handwashing before entering the federal high court in Abuja

Seats on a BRT bus marked for social distancing


Some beggars at Igando bus stop also complied with the use of face masks. But they ignored social distancing.

Closure of boundary between Lagos and Ogun state

Passengers wearing face masks on a tricycle at Akute in Ogun

No social distancing as banks resume in Akute, Ogun state

18-seater bus filled with passengers on Ikorodu road

Lagos residents boarding a BRT bus on their way to work on Monday


Passengers wait for cabs on airport road, Abuja

Ogudu bus stop, Lagos

People waiting for the doors of this GTB branch at Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, to be opened

Crowd at Access Bank in Ogba, Lagos

Customers at the entrance of Keystone Bank, Ogba, Lagos

Residents of Ijebu Ode, Ogun state queue to use First bank ATM

Customers outside Guaranty Trust bank, Ijebu Ode. Ogun state

Customers besiege Zenith bank, Ijebu Ode on Monday morning

No crowd at federal secretariat, Abuja

No social distancing at this First bank ATM, Abuja

Customers at a Zenith bank, Abuja

Overcrowded bus

Access bank ATM in Ayobo, Lagos state

First bank ATM in Ayebo, Lagos state

Few cars ply Area 1 roundabout, Abuja

Limit on number of passengers only apply in Lagos, not in Ogun State, says this tricycle rider

Police officer negotiating with bus driver and passengers to allow them pass after overloading

Boundary of Lagos and Ogun state through Ayetoro (Ado-Ota LGA)


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