Rising COVID-19 cases linked to foreign returnees


AMID rising cases of COVID-19 cases in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) says the spread has been fuelled by foreign returnees evacuated to Nigeria recently by the Federal Government and people from neighbouring states who work in Abuja.

  In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the minister, Anthony Ogunlewe, it also raised fear over the activities of bandits.

  “The security committee received a brief from the Health and Human Services Secretariat presented by the Director of Public Health, Dr. Josephine Okechukwu, who disclosed that the major challenges facing the health authorities in the FCT are the issues of self-denial of the disease and lack of adherence to health protocols by many residents. She also said that there were imported cases into the FCT from other states as well as from returnees from outside of Nigeria. She also called for more active involvement of the area councils and traditional institutions in the fight against the virus in the FCT,” said Ogunlewe.

  The FCTA also confirmed the presence of bandits in some parts of the Abuja, especially the fringes of the nation’s capital, assuring, however, that steps were being taken to tackle the issue and also address clashes between herdsmen and farmers in FCT communities.

  During a security meeting chaired by the FCT minister, Mr. Muhammad Bello, Police Commissioner, Mr. Bala Ciroma, said following the directive by the Federal Government for the engagement of Special Constabularies for Community Policing nationwide, and the subsequent inauguration of the FCT State Community Advisory Committee, the committee met and came up with modalities that will guide its implementation.

  The commissioner said the main functions of the Community Constabularies will be crime detection and prevention, settlement of low level civil disputes and petty crimes, criminal intelligence gathering and dissemination to the local police commanders, dealing with minor offences and social vices, assist in traffic management and school safety duties amongst others.


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