By Stanley Onyekwere
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Ministerial Task Team on Covid -19 closed down the popular Jabi Lake Mall, in the nation’s capital, for allegedly violating directives of the Presidential Task Force, restricting public and social gatherings, as part of measures to contain the spread of the dreaded pandemic Coronavirus.
It was gathered that the closure was ordered by a mobile court headed by Magistrate Idayat Akonni, who sat in the malls premises in Jabi, and directed for seal up of the Mall for two weeks, for default of the COVID 19 protocols bearing three count charges on the Mall.
Making this disclosure to news men yesterday, after sealing the mall, leader of the Ministerial Enforcement Taskteam on COVID-19 Restrictions, Ikharo Attah, said the exercise followed the controversial concert involving the Mall’s customer, Azeez Fashola, a popular Nigerian musician otherwise known Naira Marley , at the weekend.
Attah said despite several warnings from the presidential Task Force and the FCT Administration on guide lines to operate, the management of the Jabi Lake mall chose to allow their customer, Naira Marley to stage the concert, and also conducting business activities to exceeding the normal hours allowed by the authorities.
He explained that the seal up order was necessitated by the the unlawful and embarrassing event at the mall Friday night.
However, when asked whether the FCT administration plans to declare Marley wanted, Attah said: “He flew in to Abuja Friday from Lagos and returned back same day to the nations forma Capital City.
“We are convinced that the Lagos state govt who had in recent past had unpleasant experience with the artist will do the needful since he also breached the inter state travel ban which applies to lagos state”.
Meanwhile, according to reports, the event held at Jabi Lake Mall Car Park, was meant to be a “drive-in concert”, had many fans, thereby violating the established social distancing protocol, as they trooped out of their vehicles to the stage ground for Naira Marley’s performance.