The Edo Government has deployed a batch of 200 constabulary police officers to three Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the state to enforce strict compliance with the state’s coronavirus (COVID-19) safety protocol.
The enforcement team stormed markets, parks, eateries, and banks to arrest defaulters who flouted the government’s directive on compulsory wearing of facemasks in public.
The constables were deployed to Oredo Local Government Area (LGA), Ikpoba Okha and Egor LGAs, with a charge to arrest those not wearing facemasks in public.
Addressing the constabulary police officers in Benin City, Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu charged them on professionalism in enforcing compliance.
He said anyone found not wearing a facemask in public will be arrested and taken to the testing centre for compulsory testing.
According to him, “You are going for a very important assignment to enforce the COVID-19 safety protocol. You have been deployed to Oredo, Egor, and Ikpoba-Okha LGAs to make sure that all the eateries have hand wash facilities and to ensure social distancing among the customers visiting the eateries.
“We must ensure all the eateries and banks are not crowded. People must line up for easy entry. All the drivers, both private and commercial, and their passengers must put on face masks.”