The Federal Capital Territory FCT Ministerial Task-team on the Enforcement of COVID-19 Restrictions has again arrested 74 persons travelling through Abuja to other states of the country, with a call on state governments to tighten their boarders.
Speaking to some Journalists, the Chairman of the team, Comrade Ikharo Attah said three buses were impounded while Presiding Magistrate at the Mobile Court in Zuba, Ebiwari Damini convicted both the drivers and passengers as well as punished a driver who had been previously convicted for violating the rules.
Comrade Attah disclosed that his team had earlier arrested the bus driver, James Adegbe while travelling from Kaduna to Kogi state.
“He was arrested, arraigned, fined and returned to Kaduna state. He turned back that same night and still found his way to Kogi state. Today again he was arrested travelling with a bus-load of passengers from Lokoja to Kaduna. The Magistrate fined him N10,000 which is double of his previous fine. He also ruled that his vehicle and two other buses be impounded until the ban is lifted.”Attah explained.
According to him, those apprehended were travelling in two trucks and 7 seven other buses.
Comrade Attah maintained that the FCT Administration, in collaboration with the security agencies would continue to ensure sustainability of the interstate travel ban as placed by the President and Commander in Chief.
Comrade Attah who expressed worry over the increasing number of interstate travellers attempting to pass through the FCT on a daily basis, called on state governments to tighten their own end to minimize the increasing rate of the interstate violators.