The police said they have commenced the enforcement of curfew in Abuja.
This followed a presidential directive imposing an overnight curfew in the nation’s capital between 8pm and 6am daily, starting from Monday.
The directive was aimed at preventing interstate travel as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease in the country. . .
By this, the force said, movement of persons will not be allowed within the stipulated time. “However, essential service providers, especially medical personnel who may be on duty at such hours will be considered,” the Federal Capital Territory police spokesman, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, said in a statement on Tuesday.
It advised members of the public to comply with the presidential directive and stay at home within the curfew hours. . .
The police said violators of the order would be detained and arraigned before a mobile court. “Those arrested for violating this directive will be detained and arraigned at the mobile courts the next morning,” the police stated.
Manzah said a combined team of security agents had been enforcing social distancing protocols in the FCT by preventing commercial buses and taxis from conveying excess passengers.
He also said the security agencies had turned back several foods and cargo trucks illegally conveying passengers into the FCT. . . “We didn’t arrest the violators, we simply asked them to return to their points of departure,” the spokesman explained