Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has threatened to prosecute anybody disobeying the State government’s directives on the lockdown in the state over the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Governor gave this warning following the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announcement that a confirmed case of the virus had been recorded in the State.
In a broadcast in Asaba on Wednesday, Okowa commended Deltans who had strictly adhered to the lockdown regulations from April 1, 2020, but warned that enabling laws would be applied on those disobeying the directives of sit-at-home.
He expressed appreciation to all Deltans and non-Deltans in the State for their cooperation, saying “we are on Day 8 of the lockdown and I know that a lot of our people have been cooperating with the directive of the government.
The Governor who noted that a few persons have tended to disobey orders, said, “I urge every Deltans that from today onwards until the 14 days, to please, for the sake of everyone, for the sake of humanity, obey the orders of government, otherwise, they will be caught up by the arms of the law”.
“The lockdown order was given because it was necessary; it is also lawful, because, I have already signed into law a regulation which empowers us to take action against those who would disobey the lockdown order.
He said that the pandemic is not a “death sentence” but cautioned that such did not mean that it should be taken carelessly.
The governor also called on the people to stop all forms of rumour mongering about the pandemic, especially in the social media.
According to Okowa, there has been a lot of insinuation concerning the fact that a member of the House of Assembly of Delta has contracted this infection; that is not true.
“No member of the House of Assembly has contracted Covid-19; it is important that I put the records right, but whosoever that contracts it, it is not a death sentence neither should any person be stigmatized in any form.