COVID -19: FCTA tasks uniformed men on ‘stay home’ directive

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

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In an effort to enforce President Muhammadu Buhari’s directives on the lockdown of nation’s capital to contain the further spread of the dreaded coronavirus ravaging the country, authority of the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, in Nigeria has called on Uniform personnel who are not on duty to comply with the order given by President to stay at home during this trying periods.

The Chairman, FCT Ministerial Task Team, Mr Attah Ikharo said the Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello had given the team the authority to arrest and prosecute any erring individuals no matter the status.

He made this known while briefing newsmen in Abuja on the level of compliance to the President’s directive by the residents of the nation’s capital, Abuja.

He however, frowned at the abuse of the stay at home order by some uniform personnel and other residents adding that many were regarding it as Labour strike.

According to him, “Some uniform personnel  on mufti with their Identification Card, (not on duty) were seen roaming the street busy doing nothing, I  accosted one , and he said he came out because his kids were disturbing him at home, thereby flouting  the directives of Mr President.

“We saw some youths gathering in clusters discussing while some play football in some satellite towns.

 “This shows that most people do not actually understand why the President lockdown the nation’s capital”.

Attah said the team has achieved success despite some hitches observe in some satellite towns of FCT.

Speaking on the level of compliance to the lockdown, he said it’s 85% and gave the assurance that it will improve in the coming days.

It would be recalled that, President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday ordered a complete lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and Abuja for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11 p.m. on Monday as measure to contain the rising cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.

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