File: Africa's most populous nation is holding scaled-down celebrations due to the coronavirus pandemic to commemorate six decades since it gained self-rule from Britain in 1960.
LAGOS - Roads in Africa's largest city Lagos were deserted on Tuesday after Nigeria locked down its economic hub and shuttered its capital, in the continent's latest effort to break the juggernaut of coronavirus.
Businesses were closed, markets abandoned and streets empty as the usually chaotic megacity of 20 million, along with the capital Abuja, shuddered to a halt on the first full day of a two-week shutdown.
Police in protective equipment manned checkpoints, trucks carrying non-essential items were turned back and youths were spotted playing football on a usually traffic-clogged highway.
"It is like putting people in prison," minibus taxi driver Mutiu Adisa told AFP.
"I don't know how people can survive for two weeks without working to make money."