COVID-19: Cross Rivers Imposes N300,000 Fine on ‘No Mask, No Movement’ Defaulters

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By George Odok


Following the low compliance level with the “no mask, no movement order” in Cross River, Gov. Ben Ayade, has issued directives that defaulters should be arrested and fined N300,000.

Mr Christian Ita, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the governor in a statement on Monday, said any vehicle with its passengers not wearing mask should be impounded and released after payment of the fine.

He directed security agencies in the state to ensure total adherence to the new directive.

“Such impounded vehicles, which must be towed to the secretariat of the COVID-19 task force, should only be released after the payment of N300,000 fine by the owner of the vehicle

“Individuals, no matter their status in the society, who are found in public without nose masks, should be arrested on the spot and quarantined for 14 days.

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“All appointees of government, with the exception of the expatriates, performing one function or the other at the Cross River State Garment Factory are hereby relieved of such duties with immediate effect.

“The appointees are hereby co-opted into the COVID-19 task force”, he said.

He said that the that Mr Joseph Edet, has been appointed the acting Managing Director of the Cross River State Garment Factory with immediate effect.

“An approval for an open ended order for supply of nose masks by tailors in the state to the garment factory to meet demands,”he said.


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