COVID-19: Lagos Courts To Ensure Strict Enforcement Of Face Mask, Social Distancing

 

As part of safety measures for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba, has said that there will be strict enforcement of the wearing of face masks, washing of hands, and use of sanitizers.

“There’ll also be strict compliance with the social distancing protocol”.

In a Circular dated Sept 28, 2020, and titled, ‘High Courts/Magistrate Courts in Lagos Full Resumption of Duties’, Justice Alogba also said: “that everyone coming into a courtroom must fill the attendance register, for ease of contact tracing in the event of a positive COVID-19 case”.

“All suspects brought to court from the police stations and correctional centres must be masked, otherwise they will be refused entry onto the court premises.

“Only counsel, parties and witnesses will be allowed into the courtrooms in turns.

“There will be attendance register for everyone coming into the courtrooms, for easy contact tracing, should remedial measures be necessary.”

Following the conclusion of the annual vacations, the courts in the state have resumed for the 2020/2021 new legal year.

They kickstarted the new legal year with special thanksgiving services last week Monday, the 21st of Sept.

INEC Enforces ‘No Mask, No Vote’ Directive As Edo Residents Head To Polls

Lady wearing a face mask shows off her PVC as she prepares to take part in the ongoing Edo election.

 

The people of Edo State on Saturday stormed various polling units to elect the candidate of their choice in the governorship election.

The exercise is ongoing across all 18 Local Government Areas of the state.

Channels Television visited the Polling Unit at Emokpae Model Primary School in Oredo Local Government Area of the state.

This polling unit, which has 10 polling booths, is located in Benin City.

Security officials arrived early at the venue, while officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) came at about 7:30am with the sensitive materials.


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Although voting was expected to commence at 8:30am, the exercise was delayed for about 30 minutes.

This was as a result of the preparation by electoral officials to ensure that COVID-19 protocols were observed at the venue.

The directive of ‘no face mask, no vote’ was strictly observed as some electorate were given face masks by a health official at the entrance of the venue.

Similarly, voters’ temperature was checked while they were given hand sanitiser before proceeding to the polling booth.

However, the social distancing protocol was not fully adhered to due to the huge crowd at the venue of the election.

As of 10am, began peacefully, although there was a pocket of disagreement among political party agents.

Pope Francis Wears A Face Mask For The First Time In Public

Pope Francis takes off his face mask as he arrives by car to hold a limited public audience at the San Damaso courtyard in The Vatican on September 9, 2020 during the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP)

 

Pope Francis was seen Wednesday for the first time wearing a protective face mask as he attended his second traditional general audience before a limited public presence after a six-month suspension.

The pontiff — known for a fondness for close personal contact — however quickly removed the mask as he emerged from the car carrying him to the audience, which was suspended in February over the coronavirus pandemic.

But he shunned his usual practice of shaking hands and kissing babies as some 500 faithful filled a courtyard at the Apostolic Palace inside the Vatican.

At his second meeting since suspending general audiences on February 26, the crowd thronged behind a barrier and some even lowered their masks to greet the leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

The pope shook hands with prelates attending the audience and, smiling, then turned to the crowd, urging them not to shake hands and to return to their seats in order to “avoid contagion”.

Francis focused on the socio-economic impact of the pandemic which he said was “without barriers”.

He advocated a society in which people should have more solidarity with their neighbours.

Pope Francis, whose birth name is Jorge Bergoglio, has shown little fear for his health since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic early this year.

Before Wednesday he had never appeared with a mask and had continued to receive visitors within the Apostolic Palace — albeit fewer groups than before.

Last Thursday he shook hands with a group of French actors committed to defending the environment. The group was exempted from wearing face masks and included the actress Juliette Binoche.

The 83-year-old pontiff found it difficult to wear a mask that restricted his breathing, a member of his entourage said Wednesday.

When he was 21 Jorge Bergoglio suffered from acute pleurisy and surgeons removed part of his right lung, according to his biographer Austen Ivereigh.

This forced him to give up his dream of becoming a Jesuit missionary in Japan and he also had to give up playing football.

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Police Arrest 153 Violators Of Face Mask, Social Distancing Protocols

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, briefing reporters at the Police Headquarters in Ikeja on August 18, 2020.

 

The police have arrested 153 people for violating the face mask and social distancing protocols in Lagos State.

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, gave the figure on Tuesday while briefing reporters at the Police Headquarters in Ikeja.

He noted that 98 people were arrested for not wearing face masks and 55 others apprehended for not maintaining social distancing.

Odumosu explained that the figures were among the 769 violators arrested in the last one month for violating the COVID-19 protocols of the state government.

“On COVID-19 enforcement, the Command has successfully arrested 769 violators. Out of the number, 515 were arrested for violating curfew … and 101 arrested for interstates travel during the curfew.

“Three hundred and forty vehicles were impounded, which include 20 vehicles intercepted for inter-states travel. 1,259 motorcycles and 21 tricycles were also impounded,” he said while giving an update of the progress made by the police.

The police commissioner also disclosed that the command has arrested 50 suspects for rape, defilement, and domestic violence in various parts of the state.

He noted that two suspects were also arrested for child abuse while many others were apprehended for various crimes in the state.

A map of Lagos, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

‘One Chance Robbery’

On traffic robbery, he said, “Let me use this opportunity to sound a big warning to traffic robbers and one chance robbery syndicates in Lagos State, their days as numbered, we are all out for them.

“I have set up special operations to be coordinated by Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers. They will be supported by SARS operatives and Taskforce.”

Odumosu gave an assurance that the command would continue to dominate the public space and sustain the gains recorded in the fight against crime and social disorder in the state.

“Within the last one month, the command arrested 27 armed robbery suspects, 15 traffic robbery suspects and successfully foiled 22 traffic robbery attempts. Two armed robbery suspect died during exchange of fire with the police.

“We arrested 39 suspects for cultism and have successfully prevented the annual 7/7 and 8/8 celebrations by the cultists. Four suspects were arrested for kidnapping and 19 suspects were arrested for murder,” he said.

The police commissioner added, “The command prevented seven suicide attempts. 10 assorted firearms with lots of ammunition of different calibre, cutlasses, axes, other dangerous weapons and criminal charms were recovered.

“The command also recovered three stolen vehicles. We have successfully nip in the bud the menace of kidnapping, especially on the waterways.”

COVID-19: Violators Of Face Mask To Be Sanctioned – Kwara Govt

A boy wearing two face-masks records with his phone during a football match for international women’s day in Abuja on March 5, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels TV

 

The Kwara State Government has threatened to sanction violators of the face mask in the state.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, disclosed this on Tuesday while addressing journalists in Ilorin, the state capital.

His warning which comes amid the increase in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 in the north-central state, adds that social distancing must be maintained to avoid being arrested.

Although the state government is disturbed by the rising cases of the pandemic, the governor’s spokesman said no effort will be spared to flatten the curve and protect the people.

US President Donald Trump wears a mask as he visits Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland' on July 11, 2020. (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN / AFP)
US President Donald Trump wears a mask as he visits Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland’ on July 11, 2020. (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN / AFP)

 

“Consequently, effective this Friday, 24th July 2020, nobody would be allowed into any public building, markets, malls, transport, and banks and so on without their proper use of the face masks as a safety measure to lessen the transmission of the virus,” he said.

Ajakaye explained that the state government will fully enforce the Infectious Diseases Regulations 2020 in a week’s time.

“Henceforth, anyone seen outside without proper use of the face mask will be arrested, prosecuted in a mobile court, and taken to any of our quarantine centres.”

Meanwhile, raids on night clubs and viewing centres will continue as residents caught will face sanctions from July 31.

Kaduna Islamic Cleric Arrested, Penalised For Not Wearing Face Mask

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.
Map of Kaduna State

 

An Islamic cleric, Sheikh Yusuf Sambo Rigachukun, has been convicted alongside his son by the Kaduna mobile court for violating the stay at home order and not wearing face masks.

A statement issued on Monday by the Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General of the State, Aisha Dikko, revealed that the Islamic cleric and his son were arrested at Kaduna State University (KASU) junction.

The Commissioner explained that the cleric and his son were both charged for not wearing facemasks and were fined N5,000 each.

The court also asked the cleric to perform community service by informing the public on how to stop the spread of Coronavirus.

The Commissioner, therefore, warned Kaduna residents to desist from violating the lockdown order in the state.

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Similarly, a military officer was arrested while driving into Kaduna from Abuja with three other passengers who had no face masks.

The officer identified himself and said he was coming from Abuja and on official duty. While the officer was allowed to go, the three passengers were arrested and penalised for not complying with the stay at home order and failure to wear face masks.

The Commissioner further said that 75 persons have been convicted out of the 105 people who violated the ban on interstate travel at the border between Kaduna state and the Federal Capital Territory, as well as the Kaduna-Katsina state border last week.

Dikko, subsequently, warned violators of the partial lockdown order to desist, adding that offenders shall be fined and may undergo community service for seven days.

Court Fines Man Forty Thousand Naira Over Failure To Wear Face Mask

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An Ado Ekiti Magistrate Court has imposed a fine of forty thousand naira on one Vincent Ikechukwu for failure to use a face mask which has become mandatory in the state since the wake of COVID 19 Pandemic.

The offender who is the first to face such penalty will also engage in community labour for three days in addition to the fine.

Magistrate B.A Oluwasanmi in the judgement highlights the threat to existence, caused by the COVID 19 Pandemic, and why it is a serious crime to flout the law put in place to ensure safety for all.

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Over a hundred violators including clergymen have been given various punishments in Ekiti State for violation of government orders meant to check the spread of COVID 19.

The State government had last week released a fresh guideline to regulate movement and activities during the pandemic season as Governor, Kayode Fayemi warned that violators will be arrested and prosecuted according to the framework developed by the State Ministry of Justice.

Below is the charge as read to Okechukwu:

“That You Vincent Ikechuckwu at about 11am on the 8th day of May, 2020 at Fajuyi,Ado-Ekiti Magisterial district, did without lawful excuse, move without wearing a cloth face mask, thereby violating the provisions of Regulations 4 (2) (a) of Regulation 4 Punishable under Regulation 12 of the Ekiti State Coronavirus (Prevention of infection) Regulations 1-4 ,2020 made pursuant to section 8 of the Quarantine act, Cap Q2, LFN, 2004″

Delta Govt Announces No Face Mask, No Movement Rule

A file photo of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Delta State Government has announced that henceforth, there shall be a no mask, no movement rule in the state.

The announcement was made after a meeting by the technical committee on the fight against the pandemic in the state, led by Governor Okowa, as a measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.

According to the government, anyone found not wearing a face mask is at risk of being taken to an isolation centre.

The compulsory wearing of face masks is coming days after the lockdown in the state was partially relaxed.

Abia To Arrest, Prosecute Residents Not Wearing Face Masks In Public

 

The Abia State government has warned residents against going out of their homes without wearing face masks.

In a statement on Monday, the Commissioner for Information in the state, John Kalu, explained that using face masks was important to curb the spread of COVID-19 after the state confirmed two cases recently.

He insisted that residents found not wearing face masks in public places would be arrested and prosecuted without delay.

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As extra measures to fight COVID-19, the state government has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in addition to the existing lockdown.

Kalu said this followed reports of people coming into Abia from neighbouring states for commercial activities at night and later sneak out at dawn.

According to him, this poses a major infection risk to the people of Abia and must be stopped forthwith.

The commissioner also revealed that the government has traced 236 contacts of the index cases who have been placed in isolation and under surveillance.

He, however, noted that a total of 132 people who had contact with the index cases have yet to be found.

Read the full statement below:

COVID-19: Why Abia Imposed Curfew Despite Subsisting Lockdown

1. In addition to the ongoing statewide lockdown, the Abia State Government imposed a dusk to dawn curfew from 6pm to 6am starting from Sunday, April 26, 2020, to Saturday, May 2, 2020. Kindly note that while people are free to go out, with face masks, to buy food and drugs from 6am to 6pm daily, everyone must stay at home with zero movement from 6pm to 6am. This applies to all LGAs in the state without exception.
ONLY HEALTH WORKERS AND THOSE ON ESSENTIAL DUTIES ARE PERMITTED TO MOVE TO AND FRO THEIR WORKPLACE DURING THE PERIOD OF CURFEW.

2. As at Saturday, April 25, 2020, we have 2 confirmed COVID-19 patients who are above 70 years old and with underlying medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. They are being cared for at the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Unuahia, where they were initially admitted as regular geriatric patients with illnesses that are usually associated with people of their age. As at the time of writing this piece, they remain in stable medical condition.

3. With the later diagnosis of COVID-19 in those two homebound elderly persons, the challenge for the government was to control the spread of the virus, deliver care to the patients and prevent new infections in the state.

4. The state rapid response team of the medical protocol team of the inter-ministerial committee on COViID-19 has traced 236 contacts of the index cases; they are all currently in isolation and under surveillance. But a total of 132 of the line listed contacts of the index cases are yet to be seen.

5. There is a need to conclude the contact tracing process quickly to guarantee that the infection does not spread within our communities. Already, we have received results for 11 contacts of the index cases from NCDC and we are happy to inform that they all are negative.

6. We have also received reports of people streaming into our state from neighboring states to buy things at night and leave at dawn. This presents a major infection risk to our people and must be stopped forthwith, hence the curfew.

7. While we expect near-zero movement during curfew hours, those wishing to buy food and drugs are free to wear face masks and do so. Any individual seen outside without face mask will be arrested and tried immediately by the mobile courts already set up.

8. Based on information available to us, we STRONGLY advise our people to remain at home for the next 7 days while we trace the contacts, test them and analyze the results in order to be sure you can safely go out with the minimal risk of infection. Vehicles seen outside during this period will certainly be impounded and the occupants quarantined at a medical facility in the state for a minimum period of 14 days.

9. The ongoing lockdown, border closure, and imposition of curfew do not make your government happy because we know what it means to keep otherwise hardworking people at home, yet, we must take necessary measures to protect our people from coronavirus that is on a rampage. Only the living and healthy can go out to do business and do other things.

10. Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has directed the state ministry of finance to ensure that civil servants in the state are paid on Monday, April 27, 2020, while subventions and pensions are to be paid the following day, Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Please, note that no pensioner is expected to leave his/her house for any form of the verification exercise, and rumors to that effect should be ignored.

11. Distribution of food palliatives continued on Friday, April 24, 2020, with 21 churches receiving food items and hand sanitizers. The distribution continues this week with more churches, town unions, and traditional rulers expected to receive palliatives on behalf of their needy alongside ongoing distribution by the state geriatric services agency. Kindly note that the palliatives are not for all members of benefitting churches or their leaders, traditional rulers, and presidents general, but strictly for vulnerable widows, persons with disabilities, and those who are most impacted by the ongoing lockdown.

We continue to appeal to well to do persons in all our communities to lend helping hands in the true spirit of “Onuru ube nwanne agbala oso”.

12. Lastly, we encourage all those who had contacts with the index cases or with medical practitioners that managed them to, please, call 0700 2242 362 immediately while also ensuring they are in self-isolation. We shall henceforth consider it a crime for those who are supposed to be in isolation to be moving about within the expected period of lockdown.

Face Mask Policy: Ebonyi Govt Orders Officials To Cane Violators

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, says residents who do not wear face masks will be caned.

 

 

The Ebonyi State government has announced the use of minimal force as part of efforts to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Although the state has yet to record any infection, the state governor, David Umahi, says the government is stepping up measures against the disease.

Addressing a meeting of stakeholders on Wednesday at the Government House in Abakaliki, the state capital, he disclosed that officials have been directed to beat residents coming out of their houses without wearing face masks.

He said, “Let me warn again that no face mask in Ebonyi State, no public movement.

“If you don’t have a face mask and you are out, I am directing the local government chairmen to use their men to inflict the minimum compliance which is the cane – the cane.”

 

Governor Umahi explained the importance of residents wearing face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

According to him, the Nigerian Army authorities have highlighted the order of roadblocks to check the unnecessary influx of travellers into Ebonyi.

The governor noted that the residents have a role to play, as well as the security agencies, including the police and the Ebonyi State Neighbourhood Security Watch.

“No face mask, you will attract cane, it doesn’t matter who you are. If you are a big man and you are coming outside and you do not have a face mask, you will face trouble and the law is very clear about that,” he stressed.

Governor Umahi added, “We have also emphasised, in fact, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) has also warned that the order of blocking must be maintained.

“The police must block the first point of the border, the army must give a safe distance and then block, then the other security agencies will now block and then after that, it is now the neighbourhood watch.”

He also sought the cooperation of the youth assembly in the state with the neighbourhood watch to ensure compliance with the government’s policies against COVID-19.