Kaduna State Police have arrested 165 persons and impounded 205 vehicles for violating the 24-hour curfew imposed by the state government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the state.
This was contained in a statement issued on Monday by the Police Public Relations Officer in Kaduna, ASP Mohammed Jalige.
He said the suspects will be prosecuted immediately after investigation is completed in accordance with the relevant extant laws of the land.
According to the statement: “Following the imposition of 24-hour curfew by the Kaduna State Government on the 27th March, 2020 and the initial Social Distancing Order by the federal and State governments respectively to curtail the devastating spread of the deadly COVID 19, the Kaduna Police Command,…in collaboration with other sister agencies, has put in place a robust enforcement strategies which has recorded significant success in terms of securing compliance from the civil population through community engagement.
“The Command has continued to enforce and closely monitor compliance of the respective Executive Orders with a view to ensuring the success of the government’s efforts geared towards curbing the contagious effect of COVID 19 as well as enhancing public safety and public health accordingly.
“The operatives of the Command in collaboration with other security agencies has, in the course of enforcement, arrested 165 people and impounded 205 motor vehicles/tri-cycles, including the two clerics who violated the curfew and Social Distancing order and are being interrogated at the Command’s Criminal Investigation Department (SCID).
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The suspects will be prosecuted immediately on the completion of investigation in accordance with the relevant extant laws of the land”.
He enjoined the general public to be law abiding, observe the safety tips and continue to comply with the curfew and the Social Distancing Orders aimed at enhancing public safety and public health in the State. He further warned violators of the government’s orders to desist or face the heavy burden of the law.