Jigawa to establish court to prosecute COVID-19 protocols violators

The Jigawa State governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar, said the government will establish a mobile court to deal with COVID-19 protocols violators to fully enforce the recent presidential order on the COVID-19 protocols.

The governor made the disclosure while briefing reporters at the government house, Dutse, he said the state will hasten to establish the court to try and convict any person who breaks the recent presidential order on COVID19 protocols in the state.

However, the governor commended the Taskforce on COVID-19 for working assiduously in the efforts to considerably bring down the rate of infection in the state, noting that the results of their efforts were clearly evident for all to see.

But he warned that such efforts would not achieve the desired objectives if the citizenry has refused to carry out part of their own responsibilities.

The governor confirmed that the state had tested about 6,141 suspected positive cases, with 486 confirmed case, 425 discharged and 13 deaths recorded so far since the outbreak of the virus in February, last year.

Badaru said the state government would continue to enforce the COVID-19 prevention law, which was recently signed into law by President Muhammad Buhari, noting that the state government will have no choice but to enforce the legislation if the rate of the infection does not come down.

For emphasis, he said violators will be liable on conviction to pay a fine of N5000 or risk a six-month jail term.

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