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    Arik Air, Others Extends Flight Cancellation Amid Curfew

    Azman Air, Air Peace, and Arik Air have all cancelled flights for its Lagos bound passengers, due to the 24-hour curfew imposed on the state by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state effective 4pm over concerns of violence following the continued #EndSARS protests.

    The three airlines made the announcement on Tuesday in separate press releases.

    Azman airline made this announcement via its official Twitter handle on Tuesday.

    The tweet read, “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 4pm today. We deeply regret all Inconveniences.”

    Air Peace in its flight advisory on Tuesday also included cancelled flights from Benin, noting that it would not operate flights from Lagos and Benin till further notice.

    “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”, the statement read.

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

    “Arik Air has cancelled all its flight operations for October 21, 2020 due to the 24 hours’ curfew announced by the Lagos State Government on 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 statement said.

    In a related development, some banks in Lagos State on Tuesday notified their customers that they had shut their Lagos branches following the imposition of a curfew on the state.

    Guaranty Trust Bank notified its customers in a mail titled ‘Important update on our banking operations in Lagos state during 24-hour curfew’.

    “Dear customer, due to the 24-hour curfew imposed in Lagos State from 4pm today, please note the following: All our branches in Lagos State are now closed and will remain closed for the duration of the curfew, our contact centre will only be available via WhatsApp”, the mail read.

    First Bank of Nigeria which was silent on the curfew in a mail to its customers said, “Our digital banking channels are open for you All our alternate banking channels are available to you 24hrs.”

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