The Adamawa State Governor, Alhaji Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has signed an executive order giving legal backing to the measures taken to contain the spread of Covid-19 throughout the State.
The Executive order known as the Health Protection (Corona virus) Restriction Adamawa State Regulations 2020 Order, came into force by midnight of Tuesday, 31st March 2020.
The restriction order prohibits a person from leaving his abode without tangible reason, except to obtain basic necessities such as food, drugs and water within its two-week lifespan.
Other aspect of the executive order are medical assistance, providing care and assistance to a vulnerable persons, donation of blood or for the purpose of work, which are all classified as essential services.
The government expected citizens to exercise caution when considering any undertaking outside those exceptions, specifically allowed, as they may have to justify that to the police or other law enforcement agencies and the courts.
The statement said, under the regulation, the police or law enforcement officers may use reasonable force if there are reasonable grounds to suspect that a person is, or may be infected or contaminated with the Corona virus and there is a risk that the person might infect others.
The main purpose of the order was for the protection of citizens and the furtherance of public safety.
Additionally, it is an offence under the restriction order for a person to provide false or misleading information, or to obstruct any person lawfully enforcing its provisions, without reasonable excuse.
Furthermore, any person who fails to comply with the provisions is liable on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding Fifty Thousand Naira N50,000.00, six months’ imprisonment or both.
The Governor of Adamawa State is empowered to extend the enforcement of the regulations to a further period as circumstances my warrant.