By Stanley Onyekwere
Worried by the increasing violation of the prevailing COVID-19 lockdown order in the nation’s capital city, the FCT Police Command have warned transporters and operators of various motor park to halt the trend or face tougher enforcement approach by the security operatives.
It also threatened to seal all motor parks in the nation’s capital if the operators fail to obey the coronavirus lockdown order.
Making this assertion that yesterday during an interface with the operators of major motor parks in Abuja, the FCT commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma expressed serious concern and dismay over transporters’ reckless disregard of the prevailing cessation of movement in the Territory.
Ciroma explained that most of the vehicles carry passengers in the night at the parks and leave before the dawn of a new day, which he described as a worrisome situation that was causing spread of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the society.
He however reiterated that motorists and travellers must adhere to the social distancing directive, as one of the identified measures to curb the transmission of COVID-19 across the Territory.
“Motor Park owners and operators know that there is a lockdown in Abuja, but it has been observed that only in the day time that the order is being observed, the park owners have created emergency parks and recieve people from long journey around 2.am and 3. Am.
“Police men and officers have been deployed to your parks, yet you people have formed new parks in other locations, and if this is not checked, people from other locations we bring the disease into FCT.
“And if we have the disease here it will taken to other locations. But, our concern is to ensure that the situation is well prevented in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)” he said.
He COVID-19 cases that are being recorded in some places were as a result of those that come into FCT or go out, and are suspected to have the virus which they spread to the innocent residents.
Ciroma revealed that the command had impounded 14 vehicles since the inception of the COVID-19 lock down, saying the vehicles will not be released to the owners till the end of the lockdown.
“We have arrested quite a number of vehicles and we thought that the best way of protecting residents is to ensure that these vehicles are not released till after the COVID-19 lockdown,” he stressed.
The CP also reminded them that the flouting of the lockdown order by motorists mostly in Utako and Jabi motor parks is a serious offence, because it was an order imposed by President Muhammadu Buhari, to protect lives in the Territory, which the Police will enforce to the letter.
Responding on behalf of the motor park operators, the manager of luxurious bus in Utako Park, Buruche Julius urged the commissioner of Police to provide exemption pass for the members to assist the police in monitoring activities of it members.