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FCTA taskforce arraigns 43 over COVID-19 violations

FCTA taskforce arraigns 43 over COVID-19 violations

Ukpono Ukpong, Abuja

At least 43 persons were on Monday arraigned before a mobile court in Abuja for violating the COVID-19 guidelines by the FCT Ministerial Taskforce on Enforcement of COVID-19 Guidelines.

In her judgement, the Presiding Magistrate Idayat Akani, summarily charged all the accused for gross violation of COVID-19 Health Protection Regulation, 2021, recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Addressing journalists, the Taskforce Head, Public Enlightenment, Comrade Ikharo Attah, said the violators were earlier arrested from different parts of the FCT.

He strongly cautioned that all residents of the territory must comply with the guidelines, warning that his men would not hesitate to arrest anyone caught violating the guidelines.

Ikharo, while appreciating efforts from the six Area Councils, particularly from the Divisional Police Officers, revealed that some of the violators were arrested and sent in for prosecution by the DPOs from the Area Councils.

He therefore underscored the beauty of the council’s coming on board to join enforcement of COVID-19 protocols in the nation’s capital, and pledged support of the Commissioner of Police to assisting enforcement at the council level whenever there was need and request.

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Reassuring of the commitment of the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, to preventing spread of the deadly pandemic in the Abuja, Ikharo also said that the FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, who chairs the FCT Committee on Enforcement of COVID-19 Regulation was always willing to deploy his men to enforce the presidential regulation on COVID-19.

According to Ikharo, while three of the accused were released because they were minors, two of them were granted bail, even as some who had money immediately paid different categories of fines, ranging from N2000 to about N3000, while others were made to carry out community services by sweeping dirty Abuja streets depending on their degree of violation.

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