COVID-19: Ekiti orders arrest of facemask defaulters

Residents of  Ekiti State who fail to wear masks in public risk arrest by government from Monday.

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Wale Fapounda told newsmen in Ado Ekiti that there would henceforth be stiffer penalties for those who fail to comply.

The commissioner said Gov. Kayode Fayemi was particularly worried about the deliberate lack of compliance with most COVID-19 regulations in the state.

He said the governor had ordered full enforcement of all other COVID-19 regulations in the state.

The commissioner reminded  citizens on the need for precautionary regulations as compulsory wearing of face masks in public places and observance of social distancing.

He said mobile courts will try offenders and impose adequate sanctions such as fines and community service.

The commissioner further explained that commercial motorcyclists as well as road transport workers whose passengers refused or neglect to wear face masks would be held liable.

He reiterated the commitment of the administration to the protection of human rights while enforcing the regulations.

He promised that security agents will respect the rights of residents while discharging their duties.