COVID-19 protocols: FCT court convicts foreigner, 34 others over violation

By Daniel Tyokua 

The Federal Capital Territory mobile on Wednesday Convicted  Ibrahim Albon, aged 37, a national of Central African Republic, and 35 others for violation of COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations Act, 2021.

Idayat Akani, the magistrate said  the violators were foreigner arraigned and convicted for their failure to heed to the rules.

Akani, who imposed a fine of N2,000 on the foreigner and 34 others each, warned that if they continue to violate the COVID-19 regulations, 2021, the court would be left with no option than to jail them for six months as stipulated by the act.

Fielding questions from Journalists after the judgement, Mr Ikharo Attah, Head , Publicity and Enlightenment, FCT Ministerial Enforcement Task Force on COVID-19, said  the enforcement of COVID-19 protocols would be sustained in the FCT.

Attah explained that the FCT Malam Muhammad Bello and the Commissioner of Police Bala Ciroma gave taskforce the mandate to sustain the exercise to enhance the level of compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols in the terriory.

“On daily basis, the enforcement team, Police Command, FRSC Command, FCT Directorate of Traffic Management Services and other securities go round the city go round to monitor compliance and arrest defaulters.

“today the team went out and a foreigner and 34 others were arrested, charged to court and convicted to pay certain degrees of fine, depending on what the Magistrate Idayat Akani found them guilty of,” Attah said.

He said that the taskforce was doing societal engagements in  the six Area Councils of the terriory to ensure total compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

Attah, expressed happiness that the FCT was far ahead in compliance to COVID-19 protocols, saying ” even when you go to Nyanya, Zuba and Kuje you will see people willingly putting on facemasks.”

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