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COVID-19: Tricycle operators warned against safety protocols violation

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Commercial tricycle operators around the Eke Awka market in Awka, Anambra state, have been urged to adhere strictly on the COVID-19 protocols or risk being clamped down.

The state chairman, Tricycle Owners Association (TOAN), Barr. Sylvester Obiora, who gave the directive, said obedience to this directive had become imperative to avoid the wrath of the security operatives or government agency responsible for the enforcement of the laws.

He also directed the operators to ensure their passengers wore face masks, warning that they would bear the consequences of the failure of the passengers.

He said, “Compliance to government directives will not only help reduce the spread of the virus in the state, but absorb the operators from being exposed to the wrath of the security operatives who enforce the protocols.

“We cannot give room for government to clamp down on us. The COVID-19 measures have been in operations and anybody who violates this directive will have his Keke seized for seven days at first instance.”

Obiora also warned hoodlums extorting Keke operators and their passengers in the guise of revenue generation to stay clear of his members or face the wrath of law enforcement agents.

He also commended the state government and immediate past commissioner of police, now assistant inspector general of police (AIG), John Abang, whose synergy with other security agencies provided conducive atmosphere and encouraged Keke operators to freely carry out their duties within the state.

“We wish him well in his future assignments as he moves over as AIG in charge of Zone 4 Benue state,” he added.

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