Lagos Curfew: Airlines cancel flights, banks shut branches

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As Lagos State Government’s directive on imposition of a 24-hour curfew on all parts of Lagos took effect from 4.30p.m., Tuesday, October 20, 2020, Azman Air, Air Peace and Arik Air, all local airlines, have all cancelled flights for Lagos-bound passengers.

ConsumerConnect reports the three airlines disclosed this Tuesday in separate press releases.

Azman Airline, which made this announcement via its official Twitter handle, said: “This is to inform all our Lagos bound passengers that all flights are hereby cancelled till further notice.

“This is due to the directive issued by Lagos State Government to impose a 24-hour curfew on all parts of Lagos starting from 4p.m. today.

“We deeply regret all inconveniencies.”

Likewise, Air Peace in its flight advisory Tuesday cancelled flights from Benin.

The aviation company noted that it would not operate flights from Lagos and Benin till further notice.

The Air Peace said in a statement: “This is to inform the general public that due to the newly imposed curfew in Lagos and Benin, we shall not be operating flights from these two locations till further notice.”

Similarly, Arik Air too sent a notice cancelling flights for October 21, 2020.

The airline stated: “Arik Air has cancelled all its flight operations for October 21, 2020, due to the 24 hours’ curfew announced by the Lagos State Government Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

“All booked passengers on the cancelled flights are advised to reschedule their flights for later dates at no extra cost.

“The Lagos State government announced a 24 hours’ curfew effective 4pm October 20, 2020.”

The airline noted that travellers who had already booked flights could reschedule them at no extra cost.

Recall that Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state effective 4.30p.m. Tuesday, in connection with concerns of violence over the #EndSARS protests.

Meanwhile, some banks in Lagos State on Tuesday notified consumers of financial products and services that they had closed down their Lagos branches in view of the government’s imposition of a curfew on the state.

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