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Edo To Arrest Violators Of COVID-19 Protocol



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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has vowed to enforce strict compliance with the state’s regulations to check the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The decision by the authorities in Edo to arrest violators of COVID-19 protocol he said is to check the spike in the cases in the state.

The governor said defaulters would be prosecuted and those found guilty convicted by mobile courts set up across the state.

Governor Obaseki, who disclosed this during a Press Conference in Government House, Benin City, at the weekend, said the state government was strengthening measures to ensure a halt in the spread of the virus.

He noted that wearing facemasks in public is compulsory, while stating that those convicted by the mobile court would be regarded as ex-convicts.

Obaseki Says Edo To Arrest Violators Of COVID-19 Protocol

“We are strengthening enforcement of COVID-19 regulations in the state. Those who disobey the regulations and would be made to pay fines and undertake community service. The over 800 police constabularies who are stationed in each ward in the 18 local governments in the state as well as other security agencies have been charged with enforcing the regulations,” he said.

Edo According to the governor, “the battle against Covid-19 involves all of us taking responsibility for our actions. We have all it takes to win this fight and together we shall overcome.

“We must role model best practices by wearing facemask consistently and properly; avoiding closed spaces, crowded places, close contacts and ensuring we protect our parents, grandparents and very senior citizens who are more likely to die if the contract Covid-19.”

The Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu also said there would be enforcement teams in markets, parks, and other public places to ensure strict compliance, adding that the Police Constabulary structure would be mobilized to ensure that all those who break the law are punished.   

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