Ben Ayade, Cross River State Governor, has ordered the seizure of vehicles with passengers who fail to wear the mandatory nose masks and also prescribed a fine of N300,000 for every defaulter.
Reports claim that the governor necessarily imposed the fine over residents’ low compliance with the no mask, no movement order which he earlier imposed on the state.
Ayade, who disclosed this in a statement issued by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Christian Ita, on Monday, also said that security agents should henceforth impound any vehicle carrying passengers who are not wearing nose masks.
“Such impounded vehicles, which must be towed to the secretariat of the COVID-19 task force, should only be released after the payment of N300,000 fine by the owner of the vehicle.
He added that “individuals, no matter their standing in the society, who are found in public without nose masks, should be arrested on the spot and quarantined for 14 days.”
“Consequently, Mr Joseph Edet (La Shakara) is appointed the acting Managing Director of the Cross River State Garment Factory with immediate effect.”