COVID-19: Kogi govt to deploy mobile courts to try lockdown violators

Arogbonlo Israel

Following the ongoing lockdown in Kabba/Bunu area of Kogi, the State Government has said it would deploy mobile courts to try violators of the directives put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

This was disclosed on Tuesday by the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo at the State capital, Lokoja.

According to him, "The decision of the Kogi State Government to lockdown Kabba/Bunu Local Government Area is a painful one, but has to be taken to ensure effective Containment of the purported outbreak of Covid-19 in the Local Government Area."

On the controversial index cases in the state, the Commissioner assured the citizens of the readiness of the new direction government to ensure that the people adhere strictly by the directives put in place to curtail the spread of the pandemic, adding the government ordered the lockdown to be able to commence contact tracing and massive testing in the state respectively.

"As controversial and disputed as the results of the FCT cases recorded for Kogi State are; we accept the fact that they are our citizens and live in Kabba as well as relate with people at the Local Government Area.

"In line with our commitment to public health management, His Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Bello has ordered a total lockdown of the Local Government to enable incident managers carry out contact tracing and massive testing," he said.

"We urge our people to fully comply with the lockdown rules as violators will be arrested and tried by Mobile Courts deployed to different parts of the Local Government Area," he added.

He admonished the people to keep obeying all the existing protocols guiding lockdown while praying the state would come out stronger in the long run.

"Our people should persevere and obey all the rules of the lockdown which are in their best interest. We shall overcome this phase and come out stronger as a people," he concluded.

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