FORTY-FOUR persons were yesterday, apprehended and charged to mobile as Anambra State Government through the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, embarked on COVID-19 enforcement exercise within Nnewi and environs.
The exercise was in collaboration with the state Ministry of Transport, the Nigerian Police Force, Anambra Traffic Management Agency, ATMA, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and OCHA Brigade, Anambra South Chapter.
Before the exercise, the SSG, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, represented by COVID-19 State Admin Officer, Sunday Okafor, noted that it is primarily to sensitise people on the need to always have their facemasks properly fitted on their faces and the possible punishment for the defaulters at the mobile court.
He said that Anambra State Government, led by Chief Willie Obiano would not relent on her effort to curb the spread of the virus, adding that government is not so much interested in the fines from defaulters nor their prison sentences, but most importantly, wants all and sundry to comply with the COVID-19 protocols, especially wearing of facemask at public places.
Zonal Commander OCHA Brigade, Anambra South District, Mr Emmanuel Obi, chided those that still disobey the directives of the government, insisting that the government will continue to fight for the entire well being of her citizens.
Coordinator, COVID-19 Taskforce, Nnewi Zone, Chikeluba Ezefunamba beckoned on Anambra people to always go out with their facemasks to avoid forcing the government to embark on another total lockdown due to the increase in spread of the virus.