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COVID-19 lockdown: 1,242 violators arrested, prosecuted in Plateau – Gov. Lalong

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COVID-19 lockdown: 1,242 violators arrested, prosecuted in Plateau – Gov. Lalong
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Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, said despite the impressive compliance of the citizenry during the lockdown order in the state, as a measure in preventing the entry of COVID-19 into the state, 1, 242 persons violated the order.

The governor also said 99 cases have been investigated and 23 persons are currently isolated who are being observed because they came in from other states with confirmed cases of COVID-19, adding that, “Of the 23 persons isolated, none has so far shown any symptoms.”

DAILYPOST recalls that during the one week lockdown, the state government had set up ten mobile courts across the three senatorial zones to try defaulters.

Lalong disclosed this during a statewide broadcast in Jos, the state capital.

He said, “As impressive as the compliance is, there were few cases of violations across the State, which were promptly arrested and prosecuted by the mobile courts established across the three Senatorial districts.

“1, 242 violators were tried and those convicted were made to pay fines while others were subjected to community service.

“I wish to register my displeasure on the reported cases of assault on some enforcement officials carrying out legitimate duties. Such acts will not be tolerated and those found guilty will be punished”, he warned.

“My dear citizens, during this one-week of total lockdown, we were able to successfully decontaminate the entire State beginning with the flag off in Jos-Bukuru Metropolis on the 10th of April”, he explained.

According to him, “The period also enabled us to quarantine the entire State and effectively monitor suspected cases, as well as curtail movement within and into our State thereby reducing high possibility of importing the disease from outside the State.

“Despite all the challenges, I can confidently say that we largely succeeded.

“As at today, we have investigated 99 cases and currently isolated 23 persons who are being observed because they came in from other States with confirmed cases of the disease. Of the 23 persons isolated, none has so far shown any symptoms”, he maintained.

“We are grateful to God that as at this moment, there is no confirmed case in the State.

This is the more reason why we must not rest on our oars nor take anything for granted in blocking any loophole that can make us vulnerable.

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