Police arrest Nasarawa poly registrar for violating social distancing

Police arrest Nasarawa poly registrar for violating social distancing
The Criminal Investigative Intelligence Department of the Nigeria Police Force in Nasarawa State has apprehended the overseer of the Lafia North Development Area, Mr Suleiman Agyo, and the Registrar of Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Alhaji Murhtar Wakeel, for breaking the state order on social distancing.
Investigation by newsmen indicated that the overseer had on Saturday, April 11, 2020 taken a second wife in a lavish and well attended ceremony amid strict COVID-19 lockdown where the registrar represented the polytechnic.
The national Vice- Chairman of the APC in the North-Central, Mr Sulieman Wambai, and the overseer of the Lafia East Development Area, Mr Shuaibu Buba, who also attended the marriage against the state government order were reported to have been on the run.
Agyo was a lecturer at the state polytechnic before he ventured into politics and became the overseer of the Lafia North Development Area.
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They were picked up at the venue of the ceremony by the police in Lafia for violating the state social distancing rules to flatten the curve of coronavirus.
The two officials, who spent a night in police detention would be charged to court for prosecution to serve as a deterrent to others who might want to disobey government directives.
The officer in charge of CID in the Lafia who did not want his name in print because he was not authorised to speak, said the action of the two government officials violated movement restriction order put in place by the state government where gathering of more than 20 people had been banned.
Governor Abdullahi Sule had suspended all marriage and naming ceremonies in addition to banning all social gatherings across the 13 local government areas and 18 development areas in the state.
The governor had said, “Where it has become necessary to hold such ceremonies, attendance should be restricted to members of the immediate family of not more than 20 people.”
The state Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe, who confirmed the arrest while speaking with journalists in his official residence in Lafia, said the two officials would be prosecuted for violating the social distance order of the state government.


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