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FRSC Tasks Governnent To Set Up Mobile Courts To Try Violators Of Covid19 Prevention Protocols

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The Federal Road Safety Commission says that it has become imperative for the Anambra State Government to set up mobile courts to try defaulters of the Covid19 prevention protocols aimed at containing the spread of the deadly contagious coronavirus infections in the state.

Sector commander of the commission in Anambra state, CC Andrew Ayodele Kumapayi disclosed this to our correspondent at the command headquarters Awka while giving an update on the activities of roadsafety officials and other security personnel at the borders.

Kumapayi said there was need to set up Covid19 mobile courts in major towns and cities across the state with population densities to ensure that citizens complied with governnent directives on the containment of Covid19 pandemic ; that where such compliance were not forthcoming , violators could be tried and requisite punishment meted out on offenders even as he informed that Delta and Lagos states have such functional mobile courts.

The Anambra FRSC helmsman who also observed that touting at the borders was another problematic issue, expressed concern that touts have taken over the borders; alleging that miscreants were constituting nuisance and collecting money illegally from commercial drivers , contrary to bribery accusations on security agents at the borders.

He said , ” there should be a mobile court trying all those offenders . Other states have put up Covid19 mobile courts and appointed magistrates there. It can be in major towns and when you are found not doing the right thing, they sentence you and you pay the fine.”

The sector commander further disclosed that the Anambra command of the Federal Road Safety Commission was currently enforcing the social distancing order as stipulated by the World Health Organization, the Federal Ministry of Health as well as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

He explained that officials of the commission ensured that no commuter bus had more than two passengers on a row and they also ensured that passengers observed the Covid19 spacing while on transit to prevent spread of the infectious disease.

He also pointed out that defaulting commercial bus drivers and other motorists who flouted social distancing order and other covid19 preventive measures,faced consequences of their disobedience and non-compliance as the commission was determined to carry out federal government’s directives on the containment of Covid19 to the latter.

Kumapayi equally expressed worry at the lack of coordination amongst security operatives at the borders, noting that there was an urgent need for the establishment of an inter-agency security taskforce to man the borders so as to effectively enforce governnent directives on the borders to prevent inter-state spread of the coronavirus infections.

He however suggested that the taskforce should comprise a trained security personnel with unity of command and specifically designated for the purpose of manning the borders in order to achieve federal government’s order on inter-state border closures to prevent the spread of Covid19 virus across the country.

“the taskforce should consist of men with proven integrity that will not embarrass governnent or use the opportunity to extort money from motorists at the borders. They should also sign an undertaking to discharge their duties without compromise.” Kumapayi advised.

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