Restriction Violators: 80 Travelers, Truck, Buses Arrested In Abuja
84 travellers have been arrested In Abuja. The Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA made the arrest.
Those apprehended were travelling in a Dangote truck as well as six other buses.
Addressing journalists at Zuba in Abuja, Chairman, FCT Ministerial Enforcement Task team on COVID-19 Restrictions, Ikharo Attah, lamented that, “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.
Attah stated that the FCTA would not relent despite the alarming increase in the number of interstate violators.
“If we must contain this virus that is ravaging the world, citizens must close ranks with the government”, he added.
According to him, the breakdown of the arrest shows that 21 passengers were apprehended on a J5 bus travelling from Owo in Ondo state to Kano state.
Also intercepted was a Dangote truck from Lagos to Jos with six passengers and a Toyota Hiace bus from Kaduna to Warri in Delta state with 13 passengers. A Mazda Bus from Minna in Niger state to Nasarawa state with 16 passengers was also apprehended.
Six passengers in a Volkswagen Sharon bus from Kaduna to Kogi state were arrested as well as 14 passengers in a Toyota Hiace bus from Kaduna to Ankpa in Kogi state.
The last vehicle intercepted was a Toyota Hiace bus travelling from Akwa-Ibom state to Kaduna state with eight passengers.
Attah said; “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”.
Attah ruled that the Dangote truck and the buses would be impounded. He ordered that three buses be turned back to where they were coming from. The passengers were largely women and children.