Mr. Boss Mustspha
The Federal Government has alerted members of the public to possible prosecution if caught moving without wearing face mask, as moves began to ease ongoing lockdown imposed on some cities and generally reopen the economy.
This was made known Friday, 1st May, 2020, by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 which rolled out guidelines for the implementation of the phased and gradual easing of the lockdown.
Boss Mustapha, the PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation emphasized in a statement subsequently released, that anyone found with a temperature above 38ºC will be mandated to return home.
- “Anyone who presents a temperature of above 38ºC will be mandated to return home and call NCDC for evaluation,” the statement reads in part.
- It added: “Anyone without a face mask/covering will be asked to return home and will be prosecuted.
- “Anyone violating the curfew, from 8pm – 6am, in a non-emergency situation will be prosecuted.
- “Anyone attending a gathering of more than 20 people will be prosecuted.
- “Any member of the public who violates the ban on Inter-State movement as outlined in this guideline will be prosecuted.”
President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the lockdown in Lagos and Ogun States, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as part of measures to curb the spread of the disease.
He, however, announced in his broadcast on Monday that there would be a gradual easing of the lockdown in the three cities from May 4.
The PTF has urged Nigerians who do not have any important reason to be out, to stay indoors as the fight against the COVID-19 is yet to be over.