Nigeria: Curfew - Police Arrests 165 Persons, Impounds 205 Vehicles in Kaduna

31 March 2020

Police in Kaduna State have arrested 165 persons and impounded 205 vehicles for violating the 24-hour curfew imposed by the state government to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

This was contained in a statement issued on Monday by the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, who said the suspects will be prosecuted immediately after the investigation is completed in accordance with the relevant extant laws of the land.

According to the statement, "Following the imposition of 24-hour curfew by the Kaduna State Government on the 27th March, 2020 and the initial social distancing order by the federal and state governments respectively to curtail the devastating spread of the deadly COVID-19, the Kaduna Police Command under the capable leadership of CP U.M. Muri, in collaboration with other sister agencies has put in place robust enforcement strategies, which have recorded significant success in terms of securing compliance from the civil population through community engagement.

"The operatives of the Command in collaboration with other security agencies has in the course of enforcement, arrested one hundred and sixty five (165) people and impounded two hundred and five (205) motor vehicles/tri-cycles, including the two clerics who violated the curfew and social distancing order and are being interrogated at the Command's Criminal Investigation Department (SCID). The suspects will be prosecuted immediately on the completion of investigation in accordance with the relevant extant laws of the land".

He enjoined the general public to be law-abiding, observe the safety tips and continue to comply with the curfew and the social distancing orders aimed at enhancing public and public health in the state.

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