Kaduna Govt Will Hold Traditional Rulers Responsible For Communities Flouting Quarantine Order – Deputy Governor

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    Governor Nasir el-Rufai

    *to review religious consideration as situation improves

    By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

    Traditional Rulers To Be Held Accountable In Communities Flouting Kaduna Quarantine Order – Deputy Governor

    Traditional Rulers would be held accountable in area that the Quarantine Order is violated in Kaduna State.
    Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe handed out the warning  during a State broadcast on the update of the activities of Kaduna State COVID-19 Task force, on Thursday April 9, 2020.

    “Henceforth, the community structures, from the Ward Head, Village Head and  District Head, will be held accountable for violations of the quarantine order by people within domains,” she said.
    She warned that if necessary, Government will invite the military to complement  the efforts of the police in enforcing the Quarantine order across the state.  The Deputy Governor explained that the safe corridor provided for travellers has been serially abused since the lockdown was imposed, on the pretext that these travellers were on transit, people from elsewhere have been coming into Kaduna in droves in violation of the Quarantine order. 

    “This is unacceptable. Yesterday, I directed that all entry points into the State should be closed and only authorised vehicles should be given passage. Persons without valid passes have been strongly advised to cancel travel plans to Kaduna State. 
    “As from Thursday April 9, security agencies have been stationed at the Kaduna-Abuja express way, Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road, Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road, Kachia road, Bwari-Jere-Kagarko road, Gumel-Kwoi-Keffi road, Jos-Manchok road and Zaria-Funtua road, including all other entry points into Kaduna State. 

    “All unauthorised vehicles will be turned back at our borders and those who insist in coming into Kaduna State will  spend 14 days in a designated isolation facility along these routes,” she added.  Dr Balarabe assured that the Kaduna State, Government is doing everything  within its powers to keep  all residents of the state safe. 

    “In last few days, there have been suggestions from various quarters, pleading for a relaxation of the lockdown, especially to allow our Muslim and Christian faithfuls to observe Jumma’at  prayers and church services respectively. 

    “According to these proponents, our restriction order is more stringent than other neighbouring states’ and that relaxing the lockdown, they argued, is necessary because  ‘’the worst is over’’, since we have kept Coronavirus at bay. 
    “To say the least, this argument does not hold water. I want to call the attention of all to note that there are rules that guide these lockdowns as provided relevant authorities. Going back on the lockdown at this point will make us loose all the gains that have been recorded so far.  
    “However, we will continue to review the situation and make adjustments as the situations dictate,” she assured.

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