Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado Ekiti
Ekiti State Visitors Administration Company (EKSTMA) on Monday arrested over 100 motorists for not sporting facemask as a part of the precautionary pointers to fight the unfold of COVID 19.
The Legal professional Common and Commissioner for Justice, Wale Fapohunda, had on Friday introduced that commuters and Okada riders and different residents, who refuse to placed on the masks or carry any violator from Monday, July 20, shall be arrested and prosecuted.
On the graduation of enforcement for motorists on Monday, the Common Supervisor, EKSTMA, Chief Femi Olanrewaju, who led the site visitors company’s operatives throughout the operation, mentioned over 100 offenders have been arrested within the first day of the enforcement.
Olanrewaju revealed that although, the offenders have been presupposed to be prosecuted according to the laid down guidelines, however have been pardoned owing to the respect Governor Kayode Fayemi has for the individuals of the state.
“The enforcement train began immediately and about 100 motorists who violated the principles have been arrested in some areas in Ado Ekiti metropolis.
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“This motion just isn’t focused at getting cash for the state via fines that shall be imposed after trials on the particular offences court docket, however we are attempting to checkmate lots of people in opposition to dwelling reckless lives and to safe their well being.
“What we did on Monday was a warning operation and that was why we pardoned the violators. It was like a warning or amnesty which we granted to them after delaying the offenders for about six hours.
“However from Tuesday, each offender arrested shall be tried correctly on the Particular Offences court docket and correct punitive actions shall be meted out to flouters, as a result of the federal government just isn’t able to compromise the wellbeing of the individuals relating to COVID-19.
“We’ve informed industrial drivers and cyclists to at all times placed on their face masks and different street customers. They need to additionally chorus from carrying these with out face masks, as a result of such additionally constitutes an offence below COVID-19 pointers regulation.”
Olanrewaju mentioned the operatives had additionally visited some main markets like Oja Oba market, Bisi, Mojere, Irona and different neighbourhood markets in Ado Ekiti on the necessity to comply, saying merchants defying the order shall be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.