The Akwa Ibom State Police command has commenced immediate arrest and prosecution of any pedestrian, passenger, driver, congregation, seller, buyer and other persons found in public places without facemasks.

Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal l, gave the order on Tuesday evening in a press release signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Frederick Nnudam enjoins residents of Akwa Ibom to always wear facemasks in public places and follow other safety measures aimed at containing the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.

It said the State Command in its renewed determination to enforce the provisions of the Quarantine and Restriction of Movement Regulations, 2020 as amended, reaffirms that wearing of facemask by all persons in public places will be vigorously enforced.

Paragraph 12 (1) of the Quarantine Restriction of Movement (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2020 states that “the use of facemask by all persons in public places is hereby made mandatory”

Paragraph 12(2) provides a fine of ten thousand naira (N10, 000.00) for a first time offender or community service for seven (7) days and a fine of twenty thousand naira (N20,000.00) for a second time and subsequent offender or community service for fourteen (14) days.

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