Gov Udom of Akwa Ibom with Facemask

Over one hundred and twenty-one persons who refused to wear facemask in public places in Akwa Ibom state have been arrested by the police and will be charged to court soon.

The Akwa Ibom Police Command revealed that the arrest was a sequel to the law promulgated in the state which makes it an offense not to wear a face mask in public places. The intention is to curb and prevent the rapid spread of the pandemic COVID 19 that is spreading like wildfire within Nigeria.

. The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Fredrick Nnudam who disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday in Uyo, said the offenders would be arraigned in special courts to serve as a deterrent to others.

Nnudam said the command would not relent in its enforcement effort to see that all persons adhered to wearing a facemask in public places in the state.

His words, “The Akwa Ibom State Police Command, in line with the provisions of the Quarantine and Restriction of Movement (second amendment) Regulations, 2020, have arrested one hundred and twenty-one (121) violators of compulsory use of facemasks in public places.

Different Kind of Facemask

“The arrested offenders will be arraigned in the special courts established in the three senatorial districts to serve as a deterrent to others.

“Consequently, the Police Command enjoins the good people of the State to always use facemasks in public places as the Command will continue to arrest and prosecute violators”. It could be recalled that the command had on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, vowed to vigorously enforce the wearing of a facemask in public places in the state following the reopening of interstate borders by the Federal government.