The Federal Capital Territory Enforcement Team has shut a nightclub and lounge in the Lugbe area of the nation’s capital and arraigned five operators before a Chief Magistrate Court for disobeying the lockdown order.
A report in The Punch said that the operators of Specific Night Lounge and Mas Chiles Lounge, Lugbe had continued to operate and telling customers that they had bribed the enforcement team.
The Chairman of the task team, Ikharo Attah, confirmed the development to journalists on Sunday.
He said, “We have been receiving a series of reports that the nightclubs, beer parlours (pubs) and lounges at Federal Housing Estate, Lugbe were operating, even during curfew hours, for over a week now.
“The interstates travel ban operation which is very tasking has not allowed us to respond swiftly. Coming here today, we found out that they were fully operating even into the curfew period.”
Attah confirmed that five persons were arrested including the managers and some employees of the lounges, adding that they were convicted and fined N5,000 each.
“What is most annoying about the nightclub operators is that they keep assuring their customers that they have settled the taskforce, hence they cannot stop them from operating. May I state it clearly that we don’t collect bribe, and this is the reason why we have succeeded thus far.”
“They were arraigned at the eagle square magistrate where they were fined N5, 000 each and ordered to engage in community services for three hours,” he said.