Controversial musician, Naira Marley is to be prosecuted for violating the social distancing protocol set against the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Malam Muhammad Bello said on Tuesday.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, the Minister said: “For purposes of emphasis the PTF and FCTA’s guidelines clearly states the following; There shall be no gathering of more than 20 people outside of a workplace or places of worship. There should be mandatory use of face masks when in public.
“There should be social distancing of at least 2 meters between 2 people while in public. There is a ban on all congregational events such as parties, weddings, concerts etc. There is a closure of all clubs, bars, gardens, beer parlors, recreational parks, communal sports facilities, movie theaters and so on. Markets and business premises are to remain open between 8 am and 4 pm.
“There is a ban on interstate travel. All the guidelines as postulated above were clearly violated as the videos available on social media indicate.
“According to Malam Bello, The FCT Administration views the actions of the organisers and attendees at this concert as reckless, wicked, insensitive and utter disrespect and disregard both for the law and the wellbeing and welfare of fellow citizens.
“He also added that the FCT Administration which has a responsibility to protect the lives of the citizenry is determined to prosecute all those involved in orchestrating these infractions to the full extent of the law”.