Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Naira Marley: Minister vows to prosecute culprits

The FCT Administration has vowed to prosecute popular hip hop artiste, Naira Marley, and all those who violated the Covid-19 guidelines by organising the controversial musical concert which sparked outrage last week.

FCT minister, Muhammad Bello, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, said the administration views the actions of the organisers and attendees at the concert as reckless, wicked, insensitive and utter disregard both for the law and the wellbeing and welfare of fellow citizens.

He added that the FCT Administration, “which has a responsibility to protect the lives of the citizenry is determined to prosecute all those involved in orchestrating these infractions to the full extent of the law.”

The minister therefore charged residents of the territory to take personal responsibility for their health and desist from violating the extant guidelines put in place to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the territory as no party nor concert, is worth their lives.

Speaking further, Bello said, “Videos of the event which are still circulating on the social media clearly showed a concert going on with music and live performances by a band and dancers. The video also showed attendees dancing to the live performances on the elaborately constructed stage.”

In condemning the concert, the Minister lamented that there is a very real possibility that a positive individual at that event could by now have gone ahead to cross-infect several others thereby leading to a possible exponential spread.

He said; “It is disheartening to see residents not adhering to even the basic guidelines of facial covering, social distancing and hand washing or sanitizing. These guidelines have been put in place in order to save and safeguard lives.

“Adherence to the guidelines could be the difference between life and death. This, therefore, begs the question; whether that concert or party which is clearly against the law is worth the health or life of a citizen. Clearly, no concert or party is worth the life of anyone”.

Bello therefore encouraged residents to report to the relevant authorities when they notice infractions of the guidelines as the FCT Administration will embark on stricter enforcement measures.

 

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