The Kano State Government has arrested and fined about 200 people have been arrested and fined for violating the state’s COVID-19 safety protocols
The violators were arrested by the joined team of security agencies and COVID-19 marshals who continue to sensitize and enforce safety protocols in the state.
The state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba who said this in a statement disclosed that the total figure of the violators as, 102 who were fined N5, 000 each.
While 25 others have been remanded in prison by the 21 Mobile Courts set up to deal with non-compliance to safety protocols which had been identified as a huge challenge to curbing the spread of the virus.
He said the enforcement measure became necessary to preserve public safety and ensure full compliance with the Coronavirus prevention protocols, particularly the use of a face mask.
Garba said the enforcement, which is led by the state Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA), comprised of the police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, Department of State Security Service and the COVID-19 marshals, is being executed in strategic locations, where violators are arrested.
The commissioner pointed out that the decision was in response to the coming of the new variant that calls for caution and adherence to safety measures in the state.
He noted that despite the new wave of COVID-19, which is tougher than the first wave of the pandemic, residents are refusing to observe the infection, prevention and control (IPC) protocols.
Garba warned that any resident that refused to observe safety protocols would be arraigned before the mobile court.
The commissioner, who called for the cooperation of the public, assured that the government would continue to improve enlightenment and persuasion to halt rising cases of death and infections in the state.