​COVID-19: Edo govt to arrest persons without facemasks in public

Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has said that the state government would deploy the over 800 Police constabulary personnel across the state to enforce strict compliance with the state’s regulations to check the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The governor said defaulters would be prosecuted and those found guilty convicted by mobile courts set up across the state. Governor Obaseki, who disclosed this during a Press Conference in Benin weekend, said the state government was strengthening measures to ensure a halt in the spread of the virus.

He insisted that wearing facemasks in public was compulsory while stating that those convicted by the mobile court would be regarded as ex-convicts. He said, “We are strengthening enforcement of COVID-19 regulations in the state. Those who disobey the regulations and would be made to pay fines and undertake community service.

“The over 800 police constabularies who are stationed in each ward in the 18 local governments in the state as well as other security agencies have been charged with enforcing the regulations,” he said.

“The battle against Covid-19 involves all of us taking responsibility for our actions. We have all it takes to win this fight and together we shall overcome.

“We must role model best practices by wearing facemask consistently and properly; avoiding closed spaces, crowded places, close contacts and ensuring we protect our parents, grandparents and very senior citizens who are more likely to die if the contract Covid-19.”

The Deputy Governor, Mr Philip Shaibu also speaking, said there would be enforcement teams in markets, parks, and other public places to ensure strict compliance, adding that the Police Constabulary structure would be mobilized to ensure that all those who break the law were punished.

​Sabo GRA Mourns Losing 2 Board Of Trustees Members Within 2 Weeks

The Tsaunin Kura GRA Residents Association (Sabo GRA), Chikun Local Government’Area of Kaduna State has described the demise of two members of its Board of Trustees within a spate of two weeks as shocking, devastating and sad.

The deceased are Elder Daniel Gogara and Mr. Stephen Unogwu.
This was expressed in a statement signed by its Executive Public Relations Officer, Okpani Jacob Onjewu Dickson, made available to newsmen on Sunday January 17, 2021.

The statement said that the first incident, Elder Daniel Dogara occurred on December 16, 2020.

“Just as we were still mourning the death of a dedicated member of one of our board of Trustees members, Elder Dogara who died on December 16, we were devasted by another big blow of yet another member board of trustees, Mr. Stephen Unogwu. whose sad event took place barely two weeks later on December 30, 2020,” it said.

The statement explained that the President General of Sabo GRA, Comrade Dr. Silas Adamu was particularly sad that the last incident occurred on same day that he was elected as the President of Atyap Community Development Association (ACDA) Worldwide, which cut short his joy.

“We have lost strong pillars of the community. They were not just board of trustees members, but inspired a lot of progress the community has recorded,” the President General was quoted by the statement. 

The President General consoled the family, friends, associates of the deceased and the community over their loss and prayed God to grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

“May their gentle souls and those of others departed continue to rest in peace,” the statement prayed.

Unogwu was 65 years old, while Dogara was 55 when they died respectively.
Both have since been buried.