Anambra State To Prosecute Anyone Without Face Mask In Public 

Yemisi Izuora

The Anambra State Government has observed with serious concern COVID-19 protocol infractions by some individuals in the state, and vowed to prosecute anyone found not wearing mask in public.

In a statement, the state’s Commissioner of Information and Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, said, “It has come to the knowledge of the State Government that certain individuals and groups in Anambra State have been going about their business in  defiance of the directives, guidelines and the relevant law on the prevention of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

“They neither wash their hands regularly for up to 20 seconds with water and soap nor observe social distancing of two metres.

“They do not apply sanitisers. They do not wear face coverings; when they do, the face masks cover only their jaws or their chins whereas face masks are meant to cover the mouth and nostrils because these are critical orifices through which the virus enters the human body. Worse, some of our people have begun to conduct burials and funerals as well as title taking ceremonies with pomp and pageantry, and in the process attract huge crowds. ”

Adinuba, said that the State Government view the development with the seriousness it deserves because of the enormous implications for the health of our people. Consequently, Governor Willie Obiano has just issued a proclamation on the mandatory observance of COVID-19 protocols in Anambra State,,adding that anyone who failed to comply with the protocols will be prosecuted at any of the Mobile Courts set up to try offenders.

“Presidents General of Town Unions, Traditional Rulers, Chairmen and Members of Local Government Transition Committees, Market Leaders, Officers of various Unions and Associations as well as Religious Leaders are enjoined to ensure that their followers comply strictly with the directives, guidelines and law on fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

“Any Town Union President General or Igwe or Local Government Transition Committee Chairman who allows a ceremony which attracts a crowd of more than 30 persons will be charged with dereliction of duty and sanctioned appropriately.” Adinuba warned.

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