Anambra govt charges 44 COVID-19 violators to court in Nnewi
By Praise Necherem
No fewer than 44 persons have been arrested and charged to mobile court for allegedly violating COVID-19 safety protocols in Nnewi, Anambra state.
The arrest was carried out by the office of the secretary to the state government in collaboration with the ministry of transport, the police, Anambra Traffic Management Agency (ATMA), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and OCHA Brigade, Anambra South chapter.
Speaking before the exercise, the secretary to the state government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu maintained that the government would not relent on her effort to curb the spread of the virus.
Chukwulobelu, represented by COVID-19 State admin officer, Sunday Okafor, explained that government was not so much interested in fining defaulters nor their arrests, but for them to comply with the COVID-19 protocols.
He said, “The exercise is targeted primarily to sensitise residents on the need to always have their facemask properly fitted on their face and the possible punishment for defaulters at the mobile court.
“Government is not so much interested in the fines from defaulters nor their prison sentences, but most importantly wants all and sundry to comply with the COVID-19 protocols, especially wearing of facemask at public places.”
The zonal commander, OCHA Brigade, Anambra South District, Mr Emmanuel Obi flayed those that still flouted government directives, reiterating government’s continued determination to fight for the entire wellbeing of her citizens.
On his part, the coordinator COVID-19 Taskforce, Nnewi Zone, Chikeluba Ezefunamba appealed to the people of the state to always go out with their facemask in order not to force government to embark on another total lockdown due to increase in spread of the virus.