- Police have arrested 9 persons for organising burial ceremony in Ebonyi
- The state government had banned all public gatherings in the state to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the state
- CP Awosola Awotinde, the state commissioner for police, said they were arrested for flouting the government's order
The Ebonyi state police command said it has arrested nine persons in Ikwo and Ezza South local government area of the state for organising burial ceremonies in violation of the government's directive banning burial ceremonies and other social gatherings in the state.
Leadership reports that the state commissioner for police, CP Awosola Awotinde made the disclosure in Abakaliki during a joint broadcast with the state commissioner for information and state orientation, Barr Uchenna Orji, on the update on preventive measures taken by the government to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the state.
Legit.ng gathered that the commissioner of police said two persons were arrested in Ikwo local government area while the remaining 7 were also arrested in Ezza South council area.
The state governor, David Umahi, had directed the commissioner of police to immediately arrest the police officers and organisers of the burial ceremonies at Ikwo and Ezza South local government area of the state.
CP Awotinde said that the police officers who supervised the burial in Ikwo local government were undergoing an orderly room trial, adding that measures have also been taken to ensure that men of the command and other security personal involved in the enforcement of government directive were civil to the public.
He stated that officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) have since last week commenced the sensitization of motorists on social distancing adding that the enforcement of a number of passengers in a vehicle would strictly be enforced.
He urged the people to corporate with the security team on enforcement of the directives to ensure the state stays safe from the virus.
He said: “The state government has further announced preventive and proactive measures to prevent the pandemic from spreading to the state. Consequently from Today, March 28, all interstate travels and movement in and out of the state are suspended. The import of this is that there will be a restriction of commuters in and out of the state”.
“The security agencies will leave no stone unturned in enforcing these restrictions and all violators will be dealt with in accordance with the law. All identified entry and exit points in and out of the state will be policed to ensure there is no breach.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that as the coronavirus pandemic continues, a Nigerian man took to social media to express displeasure that those that returned from overseas refused to self-isolate and put others at risk of contracting the disease.
It was reported that the man identified as @Dehkunle on Twitter said those who do not have visa will end up dying because people with visa failed to do the right thing by isolating themselves when they returned to Nigeria.
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