COVID-19: Taskforce accused of extortion as Bayelsa starts enforcement of face masks use

The obligatory use of face masks by way of citizens of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital on Monday, took off amongst individuals visiting public puts, banks, supermarkets, markets.

DAILY POST discovered that the brand new order compelling the obligatory use of mask is a part of the state govt’s warning after the rise within the price of COVID 19 within the state.

Many citizens together with kids had been observed dressed in face mask whilst in the street and in industrial transports.

DAILY POST visited some portions of the state capital and witnessed some participants of the state COVID-19 job power and safety companies tracking and imposing the state govt’s order.

Some citizens who spoke to DAILY POST alleged that some participants of the state Job Power and policemen have resorted to extorting sums of cash starting from N1,000 to N2,000 from the ones apprehended with out using face mask.

One Timi, a safety guard hooked up to the Bayelsa Council of the Nigerian Union of Newshounds (NUJ), was once apprehended few meters from his responsibility publish by way of police body of workers hooked up to Ekeki Divisional Police Station and forced to pay N1, 000 to safe his freedom.

One respondent, known as Preye, alleged that some participants of the Job Power had been allegedly arresting blameless other folks in entrance in their properties and on their streets for no longer dressed in face mask and illegally extorting cash from them.

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Then again, the secretary of the State Job Power, Comrade Akpor in keeping with the allegation known as the participants of the duty power to workout warning all through tracking and enforcement.

In the meantime, the leaders of street shipping unions have unanimously declared improve for the State Executive’s directive at the obligatory use of face mask in public puts.

Talking at an interactive assembly in Executive Space, Yenagoa, representatives of the foremost shipping unions together with the Nationwide Union of Highway Delivery Staff (NURTW), confident the federal government in their readiness to make sure that their participants and passengers agree to the directive.

The State Chairman of NURTW, Eminah Dinyorinyu described the battle towards COVID-19 as extra bad than bodily guerrilla struggle because it has the capability to function as an unseen enemy to assault and mow down its sufferers.

He mentioned the federal government’s enforcement of the directive at the obligatory use of facemask would justify the sensitization campaigns previous performed by way of the quite a lot of unions.

Additionally talking, the Chairman, Tricycle Homeowners Affiliation of Nigeria and Vice Chairman of Highway Delivery Employment Affiliation of Nigeria, Bayelsa Bankruptcy, Comrade Dorgu Jeremiah, instructed their participants and most of the people to enrich the state govt’s efforts against pulling down the coronavirus curve within the state.

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Addressing the unionists, the Everlasting Secretary Ministry of Delivery, Architect Ere Efeke highlighted the results of no longer complying with the directive, stressing that the federal government was once able to deal decisively with motorists and tricycle operators who flout the order.

Of their separate remarks, the Everlasting Secretary, Ministry of Well being, Dr Inodu Apoku and his Ministry of Knowledge counterpart, Leader Freston Akpor, trained the transporters at the significance of the use of facemasks and enjoined them to proportion the information won with their participants.

Previous in his remarks, Governor Douye Diri who was once represented by way of his Deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrujakpo, emphasised that his management would no longer go away any stone unturned in its bid to offer protection to the lives of the folks.

He known get admission to to related knowledge and taking precautions as among the finest preventive manner of curtailing the unfold of the COVID-19 scourge, which had already claimed 16 lives within the state as of Tuesday this week.

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