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Kuje police round-up defaulters of lockdown directive

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Cyril Mbah, Abuja. April 5, 2020

More than 50 motorcycles, second hand clothes traders and other defaulters of the stay-at-home order issued by the Federal Government have been arrested for violating the directive.

The Chairman, Ministerial Committee Task Force on Sensitization on Covid 19 Lockdown , Sunday D. Zaka who made this known to newsmen in Kuje stated that the arrests were made after several appeals to the public to comply with the directive failed to yield the desired results.

Sunday Zaka regretted that many Nigerians have approached the coronavirus epidemic with casual attitude and preferred to go about their business despite the likely danger posed to them through close contact with infected persons.

“We have arrested more than 50 motorcycles and clothes traders since the lockdown started to impress on people our resolve to implement the directive of the government. We moved about the operation with the Divisional Police Officer and the Executive Chairman of Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory [FCT], Abdullahi Sulaiman Sabo. People must obey the sit-at-home order,” he said.

The task force chairman also stated that the surveillance and enforcement will not be limited to the market days alone but will continue until the shutdown is lifted.

Kuje Divisional Police Officer [DPO] Harrison Oruruo confirmed the arrests and warned that future defaulters maybe subjected to two weeks isolation at a correctional service centre to bring them back to their senses.

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