COVID-19: Disobey restriction order on movement, go to jail, warns Niger state Govt.

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Gov. Sani Bello:Invokes COVID-19 Order for the good and safety of the people

The Niger state government Sunday warned that persons who fail to comply with the restriction of movement and other prohibition order imposed by the government shall be liable to a fine or imprisonment or both in accordance with the extant laws.

This is just as the state government has ordered civil servants on Grade Level 1 – 12 earlier directed to stay at home as part of measures to curb the spread of the disease to resume work on Monday, April 6, 2020 from 8.00am to 2.00pm.

A statement by Mrs. Mary Noel Berje, chief press secretary to the Governor of Niger state Abubakar Sani Bello, said the Secretary to the State Government, SSG and Chairman State Action Committee on COVID-19, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, disclosed the new measures during a press briefing in Minna, the state capital.

According to the statement the decision of the state government to prosecute violators of the restriction order on movement became necessary following the gross disrespect on the appeals and directives on social distancing and social gatherings by the people as the only precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus.

The SSG said it became imperative to go beyond appeals and directives to contain the spread of the highly infectious disease in order to avoid an impending health and economic calamity of unimaginable proportion in the state.

Alhaji Matane said that Governor Sani Bello, decided to invoke the Niger State COVID-19 Order 2020, conferred on him by all the relevant portions of the law and the Constitution for the collective good, safety, security and public health of the people.

He said the state government has relaxed the restriction of movement imposed in the state from 2:00pm to 10.00pm beginning from Sunday, 5th April, 2020.

According to him, markets are now to open from 8:00am to 2:00pm to enable people buy food stuff and other essentials while the intra and inter-state movement of people and vehicles remain banned.

Meanwhile, all Local Government Areas sharing border with neighbouring states have been directed to ensure effective monitoring of people and vehicles coming into the local government as all entry points to the state remain closed except those on essential services.

While debunking insinuations going round that the state government has banned ‘Call to Prayers’, the SSG advised the people to shun rumour mongering, adding that the state is yet to record any case of COVID-19.

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