Written by Sarah NEGEDU

COVID-19:CTA apprehends 43 travellers for violating night curfew

v dir="auto">The Covid-19 lockdown Enforcement Team of the Federal Capital Territory FCT Administration recently intercepted vehicles conveying over 43 passengers to different parts of the country. 




The occupants of the vehicles, largely commercial buses had breached the night curfew imposed on the territory and were heading to Kano, Niger and Kaduna states, while a few of them from neighbouring states were also heading to some parts of the FCT.




Chairman of the Enforcement Team, Ikharo Attah who disclosed this Wednesday in Abuja said the violators were all apprehended at the popular AYA Roundabout in Asokoro District of the FCT.




According to him, the drivers and motorists were immediately turned back and escorted by security personnel out of the Federal Capital Territory.




"Some of the FCT bound passengers, including a woman and her two children,  came in from Benue state. Despite the curfew imposed by the president many persons are still adamant on breaking the order" Attah lamented.




He called on enforcement officers in states contiguous to the FCT to wake up to their responsibilities by ensuring that motorists do not cross their checkpoints during the period of the current ban on interstate movement.




Attah queried why "security men would allow violators of the presidential order to travel freely at night despite the numerous checkpoints mounted by various security agencies across the country." 




"Also the team met a lady who was robbed and stabbed by a suspected 'one-chance' driver. We took her to the Maitama Hospital where doctors attended to her at the Emergency Ward", Attah added.








Palliative: Group donates food items to the aged in FCT




An Abuja-based non-governmental organisation, the Pause Old Peoples' Home has donated food items and cash to the aged people in the FCT. 




Founder of the NGO, Hajiya Hauwa Jibrin who spoke to a section of the media after the exercise in Mabushi and Karshi, said that her organization was concerned about the welfare of the aged in society hence her resolve to check on them once in a while.




She said: "Usually, we go round to monitor the aged, and ever since the COVID-19 started, we had them in mind and have been wondering what is their condition, so we came around to see how they are doing. 




"And we thank God because we have not had any casualty among them. We came here to create more awareness in them, to tell them to remain at home and imbibe precautionary measures because this pandemic affects people of their age bracket more. 




"We also came with some palliatives to cushion the effect of the stay-at-home order."




Hajiya Jibrin who is also wife of the Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority pedged to also expand the welfare package to other areas in the FCT, "We will extend this gesture to other areas also, but we will take it at a time, because we are very interested in seing that the aged are protected  and provided for. We know that the government is doing much, but we have to complement the efforts of the government, and we pray that the pandemic will go very soon", she prayed.




In total, 70 elderly persons, 40 and 30 from Mabushi and Karshi, respectively benefitted from the donations. 




Dakachi of Mabushi, Aminu Esu Akuyi who responded on behalf of the beneficiaries in Mabushi expressed gratitude to Hajiya Jibrin and her NGO for remembering those who truly needed assistance during the difficult times. 




One time Coordinator, Satellite Towns Development Agency, Tanko Yamawo, who was at the Dakachi's palace during distribution of the palliatives, hailed her for identifying with the elderly in the communities. 




He therefore called on others who could, to also come out and help the needy in the society. 




Yamawo added that he was satisfied with the efforts of the FCT Administration in reaching out to the vulnerable persons, revealing that Mabushi residents especially have benefitted from palliatives from government more than once.




District Head of Karshi, Ahmed Doka who responded for beneficiaries in his area, said that he and the people were "very grateful for the gifts, especially because the people are in great need of them. We hope that more organizations and individuals will also bring these to us. If we have only ten of them, it will go a long way."





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