Ekiti State Government on Thursday apprehended some culprits who violated the precautionary measures stipulated to curtail the spread of pandemic.
The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Olawale Fapohunda disclosed that over 150 persons were prosecuted for failure to observe mandatory use of face mask .
Fapohunda decried the habit of residents who continued to disobey the COVID-19 guideline in terms of using face mask despite all sensitization .
He said “we have prosecuted over 150 face mask use violators in three days at the Special Offences Court set up to try the offenders. I wonder why these people have refused to comply with the regulations put in place to protect them from contracting COVID-19.
“The violators, who are convicted, had been getting fines of between N3,000 and N5,000 each at the discretion of the magistrate in addition to community service. What will it cost them to buy and use face maks to protect themselves?
“But we will continue to embark on sensitization as the enforcement goes on. Our mission is to prevent escalation of COVID-19 in the state. This is why we will continue to implore our people to use face mask, observe social distancing and as well other regulations to keep the virus away,” Fapohunda said.
The offenders, who were arrested in various parts of Ado Ekiti including Ajilosun, Ijigbo, Old Garage, Okesa, Fajuyi, Adebayo and Basiri, were taken to the special court sitting at the Fajuyi Pavillion where they were convicted for kicking against the Ekiti State Coronavirus Disease (Prevention of Infection) Regulations 2020.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Brig. Gen. Ebenezer Ogundana (retd), disclosed that accredited security men and men of the Ekiti State Traffic Management Agency had been properly briefed to enforce the law as it related particularly to face mask use.
Ogundana advised car owners on the use of the face mask, saying, “If you don’t have it, it constitutes an offence. You must have the face mask with you in your car”.