Abia State government order the arrest and prosecution of residents without face masks


The Abia State government has ordered the arrest and prosecution of residents who go out of their houses without wearing face masks.

It also said it would dethrone traditional rulers and village heads of boundary communities in the state who grant entry to vehicles and persons from neighbouring states.

The Abia State Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi, disclosed this in a statement sent to Newsmen on Tuesday.

According to him, the results of all samples taken from contacts of the two index cases and sent to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) returned negative.

Okiyi, however, noted that the government was expecting results for 44 other samples sent for testing and would make the outcomes public.

The commissioner said although the dusk to dawn curfew imposed by the state government had ended, that of the Federal Government (8pm – 6am) has been enforced.

He added that the closure of the state’s boundaries with neighbouring states remained in force until further notice.