The Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA, says no fewer than four parks and gardens were sealed off on Monday, and about 12 persons taken to court over COVID-19 violations.
Speaking to journalists after the seal-off exercise, Head, Media, and Enlightenment of the FCT COVID-19 Taskforce, Comrade Ikharo Attah explained that the order to seal off the four gardens for a period of two weeks was issued by the FCT Mobile Court found after contravening PTF COVID-19 regulations, regarding the operation of bars, nightclubs, gardens, and the likes.
Ikharo also disclosed that about 12 persons earlier arrested at the four gardens very late in the night, would be made to appear before the Court for the determination of their COVID-19 offenses and judgments after the expiration of the two week-seal off.
He explained: “We went out just before Christmas celebration and met some parks violating COVID-19 regulations, and we did our operation.
“Because we are enforcement officers and not the judge, we arrested and took them to the judge through our prosecutor and the judge found them guilty. Although the judge gave those arrested the option of fine and gave a seal off order for the four parks and gardens affected.
“What we observe is that most of them operate beyond the period. The persons who were in the shops didn’t comply with physical distancing. Face masks weren’t there at all and no handwashing points.
“They were totally in breach of the COVID-19 protocol and the judge in his wisdom, Magistrate Egbe Arafe issued a seal-off order for two weeks.
“After those two weeks, we will now come back to the court and continue the trial.”
Ikharo while advising other gardens and parks to do the needful, hinted that his men would focus on nightclubs, vowing that they would have it tough unless they comply with the health regulations given by the Presidential Taskforce on VOVID-19.
He regretted that despite the crisis from kids and parents for the FCTA to reopen Million Park, Jabi Lake, and other parks that had been shut down, such places would not be reopened yet.
“What we are doing is not what we want to do, but we have to save people from themselves. If you look at some of these people here, they ought to be working in the restaurants, but the other ones come in and make things difficult for them. Some times you have to enforce the law; it feels very bad but what do we do going forward”, he said.
Meanwhile, the sealed gardens include Byuan Resources Ltd Resort, Skychef Park, and Garden in the Garki area of the FCT.
While others include: 7th Option Park and Leisure Service in Garki II and Eden Park and Garden, in the Utako area.
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