Ekiti Govt. Announces Stiffer Penalties For Facemask Violators

Ekiti Govt. Announces Stiffer Penalties For Facemask Violators

Oluwapelumi Fasoyin

The Ekiti Government has announced that stiffer penalties will be adopted to those who fail to comply to wear facemasks in public places from Monday, July 20, 2020.
The Attorney General and Commisioner for Justice, Wale Fapounda, on Sunday told newsmen in Ado Ekiti.

The Commissioner said Governor Kayode Fayemi was particularly worried about the deliberate lack of compliance with most COVID-19 regulations in the state.

He said the Governor had therefore ordered the full enforcement of all other COVID-19 regulations in the state.

The Commissioner cited some of the precautionary regulations ignored by residents to include compulsory wearing of face masks in public places and observance of social distancing.

He explained further that mobile courts had been established to try offenders and impose adequate sanctions such as fines and community service.

The Commissioner further explained that commercial motorcyclists as well as road transport workers whose passengers refused or neglect to wear face masks would be held liable.

He reiterated the commitment of the Fayemi administration to the protection of human rights while enforcing the regulations.

According to him, the Ministry of Justice has already issued a directive ordering security agents to respect the rights of residents while discharging their duties.

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