A total of 74 travellers have been arrested by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Ministerial Task-team on the Enforcement of COVID-19 Restrictions.
The travellers were arrested for violating the interstate lockdown currently put in place to prevent further spread of coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The Presiding Magistrate at the Mobile Court in Zuba, Ebiwari Damini who convicted both the drivers and passengers also ruled that two of the buses that conveyed the passengers be impounded in the FCT until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
Chairman of the Taskteam, Ikharo Attah disclosed that his team had earlier arrested one of the bus driver, James Adegbe , while travelling from Kaduna to Kogi state.
Attah said: “He was arrested, arraigned, fined and returned to Kaduna state. He turned back that same night and still found his way to Kogi state. Today again he was arrested travelling with a bus-load of passengers from Lokoja to Kaduna. The Magistrate fined him N10,000 which is double of his previous fine. He also ruled that his vehicle be impounded at the AEPB Enforcement Head office at Area 3, Garki.”
Attah decried the number of vehicles and passengers trying to enter the FCT despite the inter-state travel ban and called on other state governors to tighten their borders in order for the lockdown to be effective.
“The FCT Administration, working closely with the security agencies will continue to ensure sustainability of the interstate travel ban as placed by the President and Commander in Chief. We are worried that the number of interstate travellers attempting to enter or pass through the FCT seems to be on the increase daily.”
“Sadly, some of those arrested here do not seem to understand why we are arresting them. This, I believe is because they now see it as normal because of where they are coming from. This is a Presidential Order and we must obey it to the letter until the ban is lifted” he said.