By Adeniyi Adedeji, Ilorin
A stricter measure to curtail the spread of Coronavirus in Kwara State has taken effect as people stayed at home, in compliance with a government order to do so on Friday.
The state governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, had earlier announced a restriction order in the state banning event gatherings, religious worships and commercial transportations.
However, the government gave a mild grace on Thursday to allow government workers to get their salaries paid and shop to stock their homes in readiness for the stay at home order.
It was not clear for now, when the restriction would end, but like in any other places, it might remain till cure is found for COVID-19.
To ensure strict compliance on Friday, the Kwara Commissioner of Police, Mr Kayode Egbetokun, with a good number of officers and men of the state Command went round the to enforce the order.
Speaking on the matter, the Police spokesman in the state, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi, said that the Commissioner of Police is personally supervising the police action in enforcing the order.
He expressed police satisfaction with the level of compliance of the order by the people of the state, but however condemned an old habit in the people where on occasions, they often wait till the eleventh hour before they complied even with a simple order.
At the time of filing this report, streets of Ilorin were virtually empty with only scanty pockets of private vehicular movements observed.
This was the situation on the major streets like Ajasse Ipo Road, Station, Emids Road, Sango, Maraba. Gaa Akanbi, Tanke and Taiwo Road.