Covid-19 guideline: FCTA reaches agreement with violating protesters
Over 40 Revolution Now protesters, who were arrested in the FCT for violating the Covid-19 health protocols, were said to have been released following an agreement to observe all guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of the virus.
The protesters were arrested by joint security personnel and brought before FCT Mobile Court for prosecution.
Giving reasons for the initial arrest, the FCT Ministerial Task Team on Covid-19, Ikharo Attah, noted that the protesters violated the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 guidelines of social and physical distancing and most of them were seen without face masks.
Attah however clarified that the protesters, 40 in number, were later released after stern warning to desist from compromising the health and safety of residents.
“The enforcement team went out in our normal routine operation and this time around and we made some arrest of some persons who came to protest and it is very clear that this is a democratic nation and everyone has the right to protest, to voice out but this must be done within the rules that govern the country and one of such rules is to obey the issues of Covid-19, so they were brought to the Mobil court in line with Covid-19 violations.
“When there is protest, social distancing is very difficult to observe, so when they came to the court, the magistrate had several other cases in other court and couldn't sit. And in our own wisdom, as person's with listening hears, we talked to them, and it was agreed by all parties that they should go and observed all the laid down Covid-19 protocols before they will be released and they agreed to that do that", he explained.
Earlier, the General Secretary, United Action for Democracy and a leading member of Take It Back Movement, Comrade Kunle Ajayi, said they came out to protest for free functional and standard education and health but were chased out and brought before the court.
According to him, “As it is today in most part of this country, everybody is living without security. And that is why we wondered, why we legally and constitutionally came to protest at the specific place that is assigned for protest in FCT, which is the Unity Fountain. We are in the place, with face mark and we observed social distancing and we came out to protest peacefully but we were chased out of the place not only are we chased out, we were beaten.”