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Police Move To Enforce Govt’s Diretives On COVID-19 Order Release Of Suspects In Abia

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The Commissioner of Police in Abia State, Ene Okon, yesterday, directed routine visits and patrols to check the level of compliances at all levels as directed by the State government.
Okon also called for release of all suspects involved in bailable offences and screening of those arrested for heinous offense before detention as well as restriction of social costs to all police stations and formations in the interim.
The directive was contained in a press release issued by the Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO) of the State command, SP Ogbonna Geofrey and made available to newsmen in Umuahia.
Abia Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu had in a report by the Inter-ministerial Committee in fight Against COVID-19 disease, banned night club activities as among precautionary measures mapped out by the Inter-ministerial Committee in fight against Coronavirus pandemic.
According to the report, which read, “No burials, weddings and other ceremonies, for the next 4 weeks, should involve more than 30 persons who must ensure that they sit/stand at least 1.5m apart from each other. Security agents have been briefed to ensure full enforcement.”
The Commissioner emphasized that the threat of Coronavirus pandemic in the society was real, appealing to all members of the public to key into the advice of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu-led government and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu against falling victim of the pandemic.
“We are all aware of the seriousness of this dreaded pandemic on the socio-economic and religious lifestyle of our people.
“The directive on the temporary closures and restrictions on certain economic religious, social and educational institutions in the state need to be obeyed without waiting for any use of force or promptings from any security agency.”

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Coronaviurs: Nigeria Police Releases Test Results Of IG, Other Top Officers

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has tested negative for coronavirus.
This was contained in a statement posted on the Nigeria Police Force Twitter handle yesterday afternoon.
It said the IGP received the result of his test yesterday’s morning, having submitted samples on Friday, 27th March, 2020.
Other officers who tested negative include Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba; the Principal Staff Officer to the IGP, DCP Idowu Owohunwal, Head of the Force Technical Intelligence Unit, DCP Lanre Ogunlowo.
Others are Personal Physician to the IGP, CSP (Dr) Nonye Welle; Medical Officer, Police Clinic, Force Headquarters, Abuja CSP (Dr) Titus Adegbite; Secretary to the IGP, SP Moses Jolugbo and five other close aides to the IGP.
While noting that policing is a high-contact job with its attendant risks, the IGP enjoined police officers nationwide “to adhere strictly to all precautionary and safety measures in the course of their day-to-day activities”.
Nigeria currently has over 135 cases of COVID-19 global pandemic.
The spread has resulted in a lock down of Lagos and Abuja
Ogun State is expected to also commence a lock down on Friday.
The global pandemic has claimed nearly 40,000 lives in three months and affected 200 countries.

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COVID-19: Soldiers Molest Defiant Imo Residents

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Soldiers enforcing the closure of markets in Imo State have been manhandling residents of the state who defiled the government directive to buy food items from hawkers.
Our correspondent who monitored the situation at the popular Eke Onuwa, New and Relief markets, reports that most of the defiant citizens sustained serious injuries while scampering for safety after being chased by the soldiers.
The situation remained the same at most lock-up stores and supermarkets in the major city as the soldiers enforcing the directives of the state government drove customers out of the shops.
Meanwhile, commercial bus drivers who flouted the order also had their share of the whip of the soldiers while most of them also had their vehicles impounded.

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Hold Buhari Govt Responsible For Spread Of Coronavirus -Shiites

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The Islamic Movement of Nigeria also known as Shiites, has blamed the Federal Government over the frequent spread of the Coronavirus across the country, saying, “government negligence resulted in the spread.”
The group at a press conference in Kano, said, “with deep sense of concern, we wish to express our dismay over the carelessness of the Nigerian authorities that led to the spread of the disease.
“The spread of the disease from onset due to the government indifference, disregard to the life and wellbeing of the citizenry and its inability to be proactive,” leader of the movement in Kano, Sheik Sunusi Abubakar Koki said.
Speaking through his member, Dauda Nalado BUK Kano, Sheik Sunusi said had it been government was proactive enough, the disease wouldn’t have spread so quickly from onset.
However, the Shiites urged Nigerians to endeavor to domesticate all guiding instructions that will stall the further spread of the pandemic that include the washing of hands with soap, using protective wears.
In the same vein, the movement called for the immediate release of their leader, Shiek Ibrahim Elzazzaki with other prisoners if the allegations making the rounds that an affected person was planted in the correctional center to infect the Sheik.
“We call for the immediate release unconditionally from the correctional center, which is overcrowded with prisoners and the one allegedly planted to infect our leader”.
He said, “we are aware of the situations at the correctional center in Kaduna and we call on the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release our Sheik.”
Sheik Dr Sunusi said the movement has since embarked on public awareness on need to comply with experts advice on how to protect themselves.

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