Abuja: Mobile courts to try lockdown defaulters as market days reduced
The Federal Capital Territory Administration has earned Abujaw residents against flouting guidelines issued during the lockdown saying it will reactivate mobile courts to try seeing persons.
A press statement signed by Anthony Ogunleye, Chief Press Secretary to the FCT Minister on Wednesday said this became never after a review of earlier directives and guidelines issued to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The statement said it was discovered that, “While the level of compliance has been satisfactory at the Federal Capital City (FCC) over the first few days of the lockdown, the same cannot be said about the satellite towns located at the various area councils where residents there have largely ignored the lockdown directive.
“Over the past few days, adherence to the lockdown directives at the City Center has also deteriorated;
“Residents have used the excuse of going to the markets to flout the lockdown directives and traders selling non-essential food commodities have also used this window to open their shops in clear violation of the directives not to do so.
“Despite the directives that residents should patronize neighborhood shops and markets within their districts and not move from one district to the other to buy their essential items in order to minimize movement of people and vehicles across the city, this has largely been flouted as well.
The statement therefore said, “In order to ensure that the FCT does not witness an escalation in the number of COVID-19 positive cases, “Market operational days are henceforth reduced to two days in a week namely Wednesdays and Saturdays only.
“Residents should patronize only neighborhood markets as movement from one district to the other now constitutes a violation of the lockdown.
“Mobile courts will now be activated to try all violators of the directive on the cessation of movement across the FCT;
“Motorcycles (Okada) are henceforth barred from operating anywhere in Kubwa and Dutse Alhaji during the lockdown.
“The FCTA will step up sensitization efforts especially in the rural communities and enjoins Area Council, Chairmen, traditional rulers and community leaders to actively engage in sensitizing the populace on the dangers of COVID -19.