COVID-19 Curfew: 43 travellers arrested in FCT over violation

By Daniel Tyokua

About 43 night travellers have been arrested in the Federal Capital Territory for violating the night curfew directive imposed on the nation’s capital by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The travellers were arrested by the COVID-19 lockdown Enforcement Team of the FCT Administration on Tuesday night while heading to Kano, Niger and Kaduna states with a few of them to some parts of Abuja, in different vehicles.

Ikharo Attah, Chairman of the Enforcement Team who disclosed this Wednesday in Abuja, said the violators were all arrested at the popular AYA Roundabout in Asokoro District of the FCT.

He explained that, the drivers and motorists were immediately turned back and escorted by security personnel out of the Federal Capital Territory.

“Some of the FCT bound passengers, including a woman and her two children, came in from Benue state. Despite the curfew imposed by the president many persons are still adamant on breaking the order” he said.

He called on enforcement officers in states contiguous to the FCT to wake up to their responsibilities by ensuring that motorists do not cross their checkpoints during the period of the current ban on interstate movement.

Attah regretted that, “security men would allow violators of the presidential order to travel freely at night despite the numerous checkpoints mounted by various security agencies across the country.”

“Also the team met a lady who was robbed and stabbed by a suspected ‘one-chance’ driver. We took her to the Maitama Hospital where doctors attended to her at the Emergency Ward”, Attah added.

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