The Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom state, Justice Godwin Abraham, has constituted mobile courts to check loitering during the lockdown period announced by the state government.
In a press statement issued in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital on Friday, the Commissioner of Police and Chairman COVID-19 lockdown enforcement implementation committee in the state, Imohimmi Edgal, warned all residents in the state to adhere strictly to the lockdown order as offenders would be tried in the mobile courts.
Edgal reiterated to the public that the lockdown order is still in force, adding in the statement which was signed by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Nudam Frederick, that residents shouldn’t take advantage provided by the state government for religious activities to hold on Good Friday and Easter Sunday respectively.
He said religious activities would be allowed only on the said dates and time after which the lockdown implementation committee would enforce the lockdown order
“However, the window provided by the state government for religious activities to hold on Friday and Sunday between 6am and 1pm respectively, must be observed strictly in line with the provisions of the order.
“For purpose of emphasis, religious activities will be allowed only on the said date and time. Thereafter, the enforcement committee comprising all security agencies would strictly enforce the lockdown order,” he stated.
Imohimmi explained that the lockdown implementation committee would impound vehicles, arrest and prosecute offenders in line with the lockdown and restriction of movement order by Governor Udom Emmanuel in the state.
“Consequently, the enforcement committee would impound vehicles, arrest and prosecute offenders accordingly. All vehicles impounded will only be released to the owners at the end of the lockdown order, “he said.