COVID-19 Activity Drive in Ekiti, on Monday, arrested not lower than 60 individuals who violated regulation on the obligatory use of face masks.
The offenders had been taken to a Particular Courtroom, the place they had been convicted for contravening Coronavirus Illness Laws 2020.
Prof. Bolaji Aluko, Chairman of the COVID-19 Activity Drive, who spoke on the event, stated the enforcement would henceforth be a daily train.
Aluko stated that the offenders had been arrested in varied components of Ado Ekiti together with Ajilosun, Ijigbo, Previous Storage, Okesa, Fajuyi, Adebayo and Basiri.
”A superb of N5,000 is imposed on the convicts for refusal to put on face masks in public, in step with the brand new legislation to comprise the illness,” the duty power chairman stated.
He expressed concern over the refusal of some residents to put on a face masks which price as little as N100.
”We’re not inquisitive about charging individuals on something. We wish them to grasp that the face masks should be worn.
“It occurs that typically there are individuals who won’t obey the foundations except they’re fined. It prices solely N100 or N200 to purchase a face masks and somewhat inconvenience to put on it.
“Now you must be caught and cost N5,000,’’ Aluko stated.
He urged residents to conform to comprise the unfold of the virus.
Additionally talking, Retired Brig.-Gen. Ebenezer Ogundana, Particular Adviser to the Governor on Safety, stated that the safety personnel had been briefed to implement the legislation.
Ogundana suggested automobile house owners to all the time be with face masks as stop-and-search is perhaps carried out to implement compliance.
He stated: “In case you are in your automobile alone and you aren’t carrying a face masks, you will not be arrested however we are able to ask you as a result of you must come down out of your automobile and go someplace.
“In case you don’t have it, it constitutes an offense. You have to have the face masks with you in your automobile or in your pocket as a result of safety personnel will ask of it.”
Ekiti State Site visitors Administration Company (EKSTMA) led by the Common Supervisor, Chief Femi Olanrewaju, additionally stationed officers of the company in strategic places to implement using face masks.
Olanrewaju stated using face masks within the public is now obligatory, noting that the personnel had been positioned at junctions, visitors gentle areas, markets, and bus stops to arrest offenders.