The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) COVID-19 Protocols Enforcement Task Force has begun enlightenment and enforcement of safety protocols in strategic places within the territory to halt the spread of the pandemic.
Chairman of the task force and FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, told newsmen at an enforcement exercise, on Tuesday, that the measure was re-introduced following the upsurge in infections as a result of a second wave of the virus.
He said the measures were put in place to save people from contracting the virus, especially in public places, while lamenting that most people don’t use face masks and some drivers were not observing social distancing as they overloaded their vehicles.
Ciroma, who led the combined team of key security agencies, said it was the responsibility of all security personnel to go out and ensure that members of the public complied with the safety measures.
The chairman said that with the commencement of enforcement, there would be adequate enlightenment, admitting that most residents were no longer adhering to the laid down safety protocols.
Ikaro Attah, Head, Publicity and Enlightenment FCT COVID-19 Protocols Enforcement Task Force, also said the exercise was meant to halt the spread of the virus in Abuja, therefore, people must comply.
” The purpose of this exercise is to make people key into the agenda to keep Abuja COVID-19 free, especially the measures put in place by the government to safeguard lives.
” Today is the first day of the enforcement, we arrested about 20 persons and about 10 vehicles, but as the first day of enforcement we have mercy on them and asked them to go and sin no more”, he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the enforcement exercise started at Eagle Square to Wuse market, Berger round-about, Federal Secretariat and terminated at Banex plaza in Wuse II.