Jabi Lake concert: FCTA slams organisers, says action is reckless, wicked

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Tuesday, viewed the actions of the organisers and attendees at the Jabi Lake concert on Saturday as reckless, wicked, insensitive and utter disrespect to both the law, wellbeing and welfare of fellow residents of the territory.

It said the administration, which has a responsibility to protect the lives of the citizenry, was determined to prosecute all those involved in orchestrating the infractions to the full extent of the law.

FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, who issued this warning in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Anthony Ogunleye, lamented that there was a very real possibility that a single positive individual at that event could by now have gone ahead to infect several others thereby leading to a possible exponential spread.

He, however, charged the residents to take personal responsibility for their health and desist from violating the extant guidelines put in place to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the territory.

According to him, “Videos of the event which are still circulating on the social media clearly showed a concert going on with music and live performances by a band and dancers. The video also showed attendees dancing to the live performances on the elaborately constructed stage.”

Malam Bello said that several aspects of the guidelines as postulated by the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 and the FCT Administration were violated with reckless abandon.

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The minister further reiterated that there shall be no gathering of more than 20 people outside of a workplace or places of worship, reminding the residents that COVID-19 is real and the disease has proven to be fatal.

“More worrisome is the fact that the number of new infections has been on the rise in the country and the FCT. It is disheartening to see residents not adhering to even the basic guidelines of facial covering, social distancing and hand washing or sanitizing. These guidelines have been put in place in order to save and safeguard lives.

“Adherence to the guidelines could be the difference between life and death. This, therefore, begs the question; whether that concert or party which is clearly against the law is worth the health or life of a citizen. Clearly, no concert or party is worth the life of anyone.” Malam Bello said

He told the residents to report to the relevant authorities when they notice infractions of the guidelines as the FCT Administration would embark on stricter enforcement measures.

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