COVID-19: Police vow to prosecute those who fail to wear facemasks in public

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The Akwa Ibom State Police Command said it would prosecute those who violate the compulsory use of face masks in public places in the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer CSP Frederick Nnudam, who spoke on behalf of the Commissioner, CP Imohimi Edgal in a Statement on Tuesday, said all the Divisional Police Officers, DPOs and other members of the Enforcement Committee have been mandated to arrest and prosecute offenders

The Statement reads in parts, “In its renewed efforts and determination to enforce the provisions of the Quarantine and Restriction of Movement Regulations, 2020 as amended, reaffirms that wearing of facemask by all persons in public places will be vigorously enforced.

“For the avoidance of doubt, paragraph 12 (1) of the Quarantine and Restriction of Movement (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2020 states that “the use of facemask by all persons in public places is hereby made mandatory”. While paragraph 12(2) provides a fine of ten thousand naira (N10, 000.00) for a first time offender or community service for seven (7) days and a fine of twenty thousand naira (N20,000.00) for a second time and subsequent offender or community service for fourteen (14) days.

“In view of the foregoing, the Commissioner of Police has directed all Area Commanders, DPOs and other members of the Enforcement Committee to arrest and prosecute any pedestrian, passenger, driver, congregation, seller, buyer and other persons found in public places without facemasks.”

The Command however urged the people to always wear facemasks in public places and follow other safety measures aimed at containing the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.

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  • Chinonye Emelder July 1, 2020 12:02:44 AM
    Other states should really take the issue of wearing facemask in public places more seriously, not only Akwa Ibom state.
  • Merit Timothy July 1, 2020 12:01:40 AM
    pls wearing face mask is a nice thing ...pls people should listen is just to protect ourselves from contacting virus
  • Wisdom Alex June 30, 2020 11:59:01 PM
    The Nigerian police are legally doing their job
  • Israel Jaja June 30, 2020 11:58:22 PM
    How many of these police men wear the mask?
  • Obanijesu Sunday June 30, 2020 11:57:58 PM
    Ty his is very necessary to rthe security of life. It is so sad that many people still do not believe Covid exits and so are not complying
  • Inuesokan Temitope June 30, 2020 11:56:13 PM
    They are just doing their job sha..no offence
  • Onyebuchi Nwewe June 30, 2020 11:55:56 PM
    Use of nose mask and proper hygiene coupled with other measures should be kept.
  • Onyebuchi Nwewe June 30, 2020 11:55:15 PM
    Use of nose mask and proper hygiene coupled with other measures should be kept.
  • Afolashade Akinhanmi June 30, 2020 11:55:04 PM
    I just hope Nigerian Police will stick to wat they say
  • Sagama Santos June 30, 2020 11:54:49 PM
    They are just doing their job sha..no offence
  • Elizabeth Ferdinand June 30, 2020 11:51:53 PM
    They are just doing their job sha..no offence
  • Yakubu Isaac June 30, 2020 11:51:35 PM
    They are just doing their job sha..no offence
  • GRACE DAVID June 30, 2020 11:50:22 PM
    This is good and they should be punished if cut.
  • Confidence Aforji June 30, 2020 11:49:29 PM
    The Statement reads in parts, “In its renewed efforts and determination to enforce the provisions of the Quarantine and Restriction of Movement Regulations, 2020 as amended, reaffirms that wearing of facemask by all persons in public places will be vigorously enforced.
  • Agwa Victor June 30, 2020 11:48:25 PM
    Thanks for the information @candynews
  • EMIATOR EZEKIEL June 30, 2020 11:48:24 PM
    Well as violent as it sounds, it will help in controlling the virus
  • Philip Aruwa June 30, 2020 11:48:23 PM
    very good innovation. Let all violators be severely punished.
  • Abbas Mahmud June 30, 2020 11:46:58 PM
    As wearing a face mask is good for our health.. we all will comply with you
  • Sadiq Auta June 30, 2020 11:46:41 PM
    Prosecuting people without face mask is really good. Many people don't care about other people health
  • Blessing Uduaga June 30, 2020 11:46:05 PM
    The Command however urged the people to always wear facemasks in public places and follow other safety measures aimed at containing the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.
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