About 60 defaulters of the Federal Government advisory on the compulsory use of facemasks, have been arrested.
The Ekiti state COVID-19 task force says it arrested the offenders, and charged them to a special court where they were convicted of contravening the state’s COVID-19 regulations 2020.
Chairman of the state COVID-19 task force, Bolaji Aluko, said the offenders were arrested in various parts of Ado Ekiti including Ajilosun, Ijigbo, Old Garage, Okesa, Fajuyi, Adebayo and Basiri.
He expressed concern over the refusal of some citizens to wear face masks, saying the enforcement will be a regular exercise.
“A fine of N5,000 is imposed on the convicts for refusal to wear face masks in public, in line with the new law to contain the disease,” he said.
“We are not interested in charging people on anything. We want them to understand that face mask must be worn.
“It happens that sometimes there are people who will not obey the rules unless they are fined. It costs only N100 or N200 to buy a face mask and a little inconvenience to wear it.
“Now you have to be caught and charged N5,000.”
He asked residents to comply with the regulations to contain the spread of the disease.
Also speaking, Ebenezer Ogundana, special adviser to the governor on security, said security agents have been asked to enforce the law.
The Ekiti state government announced the compulsory use of facemasks on Monday, to curb the spread of the disease.
A total of 88 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the state with 47 recoveries and two deaths.