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Lockdown: Abuja Tasks Force Arrest Chief Imam, Two Foreigners Impounds 269 Vehicles for Rule Violation

The Federal Capital Territory enforcement team, on Sunday, April 12, has arrested a Muslim leader, a Turkish and an Angolan for violating the lockdown order in the city aimed at curtailing the spread of COVID-19, otherwise known as Coronavirus pandemic in Abuja.

Chairman of the team, Ikharo Attah, disclosed this at a briefing with journalists on Sunday.

He added that his men also impounded more than 269 vehicles for violating the stay-at-home order in the country’s capital.

Ikharo said, “Early this morning, we commenced an operation following so many calls from residents that the Christ Embassy Church in Durumi was in service.

“We went there and discovered that it wasn’t true but the pastor was inside the church with some cameramen and production crew.

 “We got to Area one Roundabout, where a particular man was arrested with four military caps, he put one army cap in his boot, then another one for Nigeria Air Force and two other ones for Nigeria Navy, all in one vehicle.

“We arrested and handed him over to the FCT Commissioner of Police.

“Then we also had another case of a man whose vehicle was taken to VIO office in Area one and immediately, he decided to strip himself naked, removed all his clothes in protest that he

must work, that he did not believe in the existence of COVID-19,” he said.

“We also arrested the Imam of Wuye Jumma’at Mosque because we received several complaints that the Imam had held a congregational prayer on Friday.

“But that Friday, we were at Kuje, we could not have come back within five minutes. So we got there today and invited him to come and explain; and we cautioned him at the FCT Police Command, Garki.

“We also arrested two expatriates at Glo Junction for violating the presidential order, going out without permit.

“We arrested a Turkish man and a man Angolan. They’ve been handed over to the police in taken to the Maitama,” he said.

He warned residents, particularly non-uniformed personnel and diplomats against breaking the rule.

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Funke Azeez

Funke Azeez, an indigene of Abeokuta, Ogun State. She studied Mass Communication at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State. Contact: [email protected]

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