84 Travellers traveling in a truck and six other buses were arrested by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for breaking COVID-19 restriction rules by trying to pass through the territory.
The Administration has further warned travellers to stay away as it looks poised to enforce the COVID-19 restrictions.
24 travellers were arrested while traveling on a J5 bus from Onda State to Kano State. Another 6 were arrested in a truck traveling from Lagos to Jos. 13 were arrested in a Toyota Hiace from Kaduna to Warri.
The administration also intercepted 16 passengers on a Mazda bus traveling from Niger State to Nasarawa State. Another 6 were taken into custody, traveling in a Volkswagen Sharon from Kaduna to Kogi State. 14 were arrested on a Toyota Hiace. The last 8 were arrested on a Toyota Hiace from Akwa-Ibom to Kaduna State.
Speaking to Journalist in Abuja, Chairman, FCT Ministerial Enforcement Task team on COVID-19 Restrictions, Ikharo Attah said, “in spite of the directives by the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 headed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha, many seem determined to remain lawless. One wonders why these people are still travelling in from state to state and in overloaded vehicles.
“Despite the alarming increase in the number of interstate violators, we of the FCT Administration will not relent in doing what we are directed to do by the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. If we must contain this virus that is ravaging the world, citizens must close ranks with the government,” he continued.
“they were arraigned at the Zuba mobile court where the magistrate, Ebiwari Damini convicted both the drivers and passengers. While all the passengers, excluding minors, were fined N1,000 naira each, the drivers of the vehicles were fined between three and five thousand naira each”.