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COVID-19: We’ll arrest, prosecute curfew violators, FCT police warns

Nicholas Kalu, Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Police Command has warned that any resident that violates the curfew in place will be arrested and prosecuted.

President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the imposition of an overnight curfew between 8pm and 6am daily, starting from Monday 4th May, 2020 as part of measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A statement by the FCT Command on Tuesday urged members of the public to abide by the curfew.

The statement signed by Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, pointed out that however essential service providers, who may be on duty at such hours, will be considered.

“The FCT Police Command wishes to remind residents of the Federal Capital Territory that there is a subsisting presidential directive imposing an overnight curfew in FCT between 8pm and 6am daily, starting from Monday 4th May, 2020.

“This implies that movement of persons will not be allowed within this stipulated time. However, essential service providers, especially medical personnel who may be on duty at such hours will be considered.

“The Command in compliance with the directive has commenced enforcement of the overnight curfew. Members of the public are therefore advised to comply with the presidential directive and stay at home within the curfew hours.

“All should note that those arrested for violating this directive will be detained and arraigned at the Mobile Courts the next morning,” it read.

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