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FCTA shuts down Wuse, UTC Markets For Violation of COVID-19 Protocols

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Magistrate Idayat Akanni of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Mobile Court has shut down the popular Wuse market in Abuja for failing to adhere to the health protocols on COVID-19.

The FCT Mobile Court, on Monday, gave the order after the defaulters were brought before the court.

The spokesman of the taskforce, Attah Ikharo, explained that 115 persons were arrested for failing to wear facemasks, adding that they were arraigned before a Mobile Court and fined accordingly.

He stated, “The Wuse market was shut down for failing to provide water, hand washing points and other things prescribed by the law. The market will be closed from 12am Tuesday and shall remain under lock and key until the management provided all the things expected of them.

“Thirty persons were also arrested at the market for not wearing facemasks. The UTC market and Murg plaza were equally shut down. Altogether, we arrested and arraigned 115 violators before the Mobile Court.”

 President Muhammadu Buhari, on Jan. 26, signed the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Health Protection Regulations 2021 in the exercise of the powers conferred upon him by Section 4 of the Quarantine Act, Cap. Q2, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2010, and all other powers enabling him.

This regulations will serve the urgent need to protect the health and wellbeing of Nigerians in the face of widespread and rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the country.

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