Gov Bala signs 2 executive orders, imposes fines on lockdown violators

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From Beatrice GONDYI, Bauchi

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state has signed into law two executive orders to control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The two executive orders which were signed on Tuesday are Executive Order No 001 of 2020 and the Bauchi State Infectious Diseases Prevention Regulation 2020.

The two orders are aimed at ensuring that the pandemic did not turn in to a community transmission problem.

The governor also ordered the State Chief Judge Justice Rabi Talatu Umar to set up a Mobile Court that would try violators of COVID-19 partial lockdown order.

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He said the law became necessary because there is a need to protect the lives and properties of his citizens.

According to him, those providing essentials services are exempted from observing partial lockdown rules and regulations such as food vendors, truckload with food items, health workers, journalists, shopping mall, pharmacist and security agencies.

While, on defaulters, he said, Okada, to pay N5000 naira for violation of the order.

“Tricycles to pay N10, 000 if found carrying more than 2 persons, truckload with people to pay N30,000, buses who violated the border closure and small vehicles to pay N20,000 naira each”.

He further hinted that the people in their own efforts to curtail the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) have arrested 100 passengers who are now under mild quarantine.

He also added that masks violators and wanderer if caught to pay N5000 naira fines

Earlier in his remarks, Bauchi State Anthoney General and Commissioner Ministry of Justice Barrister Yakubu Bello Kirfi said, “before us this morning we have an occasion which is the signing of the executive order number 001 of 2020. And the Bauchi State infections disease prevention and regulations 2020”.

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