COVID-19 : FCT seal bars, arrest 8 Lockdown violators and impersonating Army officers
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Ministerial Task Team on the Enforcement of COVID-19 restrictions have arrested eight persons for impersonating army officers while violating the curfew imposed on the territory.
Chairman of the task team, Mr Ikharo Attah while briefing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja said the violators who were arrested in Kubwa and Dutse Alhaji Districts of the FCT would be arraigned in Mobile Courts.
He mentioned that some of those arrested were caught drinking in bars and gardens.
He said that the team arrested the operator of a bar at Second Gate, Dutse-Alhaji, who claimed to be a soldier but upon interrogation confessed he lied to evade arrest.
Also, at Dutse Makaranta, a beer parlour which was fully in operation a few minutes after 10pm was closed down.
He said that the manager of the place also claimed that it is owned by a serving Major in the Nigerian Army, adding that they decided to operate into the curfew hours because of the occupation of the owner.
The chairman, however, added that the level of compliance with the night curfew in Kubwa and Dutse areas were very high.
” Unlike Lugbe where we went a few days ago, most of the known nightclubs and bars in Kubwa and Dutse-Alhaji were closed.
Vehicular movement was very few and made up largely of those on the exemption list”, he stated.
”The level at which some residents of Dutse Alhaji and Makaranta parade themselves as military personnel even when they are not must stop.
“The Chef claimed to be a soldier while the beer parlour Manager said the place belongs to a Major in the Army.
”This must stop forthwith. People should not drag the name and image of the military in the mud.”