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Abia Govt Orders Arrest Of Residents Without Face Masks In Public

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The Abia State authorities has ordered the arrest and prosecution of residents who exit of their homes with out carrying face masks.

It additionally mentioned it will dethrone conventional rulers and village heads of boundary communities within the state who grant entry to automobiles and individuals from neighbouring states.

The Commissioner for Data in Abia, John Okiyi, disclosed this in an announcement despatched to Channels Tv on Tuesday.

In keeping with him, the outcomes of all samples taken from contacts of the 2 index instances and despatched to the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) returned destructive.

Okiyi, nonetheless, famous that the federal government was anticipating outcomes for 44 different samples despatched for testing and would make the outcomes public.

“Starting from this week, our epidemiologists will commence active case search in all the LGAs in the state to ensure that no case in the state goes undetected,” he said.

The commissioner mentioned though the nightfall to daybreak curfew imposed by the state authorities has ended, that of the Federal Authorities (8pm – 6am) can be enforced.

He added that the closure of Akwa Ibom’s boundaries with neighbouring states remained in pressure till additional discover.

Okiyi states, “Vehicles that breach the curfew imposed by the Federal Government are to be confiscated and the passengers kept in quarantine at the nearest appropriate medical facility or handled as may be advised by members of the enforcement task force.”

He added, “Authorities has famous with dismay the unpatriotic actions of some merchants who open markets at daybreak to take care of patrons from largely outdoors the state, with specific reference to Kent Road, Aba, Ariaria Worldwide Market, Asa Nnentu and Ohiya Spare Components Market, and desires to warn these engaged in such practices to stop from it forthwith or face the total wrath of the legislation which can embody the sealing of such retailers.

“Henceforth, conventional rulers and village heads of boundary communities within the state that let automobiles and individuals from neighbouring states into our territory will probably be dethroned and tried for seaside of the state’s COVID-19 rules.”

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