- Muhammad Musa Bello, the minister of the FCT has warned that residents who defy the stay at home directive of the federal government will be arrested
- The minister said security services have agreed to work out modalities that will ensure that everybody stays home
- Bello stated that only those legally permitted to move around will be allowed to go outdoors
Following the restriction of movements over the spread of the coronavirus, the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Musa Bello, has warned that residents who defy the stay at home directive of the federal government will be arrested.
Muhammad gave the warning after an emergency security meeting convened on Monday, March 30, to discuss the modalities of enforcing the lockdown of the FCT for 14 days, The Sun reports.
He said security services and other government agencies have agreed and worked out modalities that will ensure that everybody stays home.
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The FCT minister said only those legally permitted to move around will be allowed to go outdoors, he noted that people not authorized to go out will be arrested and prosecuted.
Meanwhile, as Nigeria continues to battle the global pandemic called coronavirus, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, March 30, signed the COVID-19 Regulations, 2020, into law in Abuja.
Legit.ng reports that Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the President, revealed this in a statement saying that COVID-19 has been declared a dangerous infectious disease.
The presidential spokesman went on to note that the Act is in line with the exercising of the powers conferred on Buhari by Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Quarantine Act (CAP Q2 LFN 2004), and all other powers enabling him in that behalf.
Adesina further noted that the regulations also gave legal backing to the various measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country outlined in Buhari’s recent national broadcast which includes restriction of movement in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun state.
The COVID-19 regulations become effective on Monday, March 30. President Buhari's special adviser added that exemption is granted financial system and money markets to ensure that Nigerians can still perform on-line transactions and use ATMs whilst observing these restrictions.
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