A team of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Task Force on duty to enforce the new COVID-19 guidelines was attacked yesterday by hoodlums.
In a video uploaded on the Twitter account of The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), a policeman attached to the taskforce was seen with a bloodied face following skirmishes at a park.
Chairman of the task force, Ikharo Attah, while showing the bloodied officer, disclosed that four gardens were shut and nine people were arrested for violating new COVID-19 guidelines placed on the city.
Attah stated that after going round the city to ensure compliance of the guidelines, it found the four gardens in full swing, prompting the arrest of the nine persons.
While appealing to residents to conform with the new restrictions especially during the festive period, he said its purpose is to ensure their safety and in a short time the restrictions would be loosen.
“The sad thing about the enforcement is that at a particular point we had crises and a police officer was injured very badly in the face but currently receiving treatment. We told the hoodlums that regardless of what they did to the policeman, we would not be deterred and press on very disarmingly that COVID-19 does not spread via unlawful gatherings.”
Meanwhile, a survey by our correspondent shows that most car parks are yet to comply with the new guidelines as taxis still ferry passengers in full capacity and laxity in enforcement of COVID-19 protocols in some markets is evident as few shoppers were using facemasks while moving around.
At the Wuse Market, anyone going in was forced to put on a mask but while in, most traders and buyers discarded facemask. Also, those going out could be seen not putting on one.
At Utako Market, there was zero enforcement as buyers go in at will whether with or without a facemask on as no one was monitoring its enforcement.