By APN Reporter
Police has continued the enforcement of the curfew after reports indicated that some places whose operation is still banned were defying the guidelines and operating normally.
According to police spokesperson Fred Enanga,Although there’s much anxiety and lockdown fatigue, the public should be encouraged by the decrease in caseload due to the efforts from Ministry of Health.
Enanga adds that the rates of recoveries are still low and there are also threats of new variants on the African Continent which calls for vigilance.
He adds that non-compliance to the curfew timings has allowed for crimes to start creeping back slowly; especially simple robberies, Aggravated robberies, Theft of boda bodas and murders etc.
He says that frontline officers have been tasked to increase checks and raids to counter all violators of the curfew timings of 9pm – 6am. Most notably are bars, discotheques, concerts and related entertainment, public gatherings of not more than 200 persons. We also are targeting motorists who are not observing the load capacity of 70% especially in taxis, mini-buses and buses as well as saloon cars.
In addition, movement of trucks carrying sand, shall be disrupted due to police stop and search operations, following intelligence that they were facilitating burglaries and house breakings through the transportation of stolen house hold properties.
The suspected stolen items like laptops, computers, Tvs, fridges etc are concealed in sand and transported.
Police adds that all those riders and passengers who continue to take advantage of the curfew time, should anticipate, disruptions in their movements. Some of the boda-bodas switch off lights and ride under the cover of darkness, which places other road users, the rider and the passengers at greater risks.
The curfew enforcement will continue this week, with penalties for those found breaching the rules, including charging them to court under section 117 of the Penal code act, for negligent acts likely to spread infectious disease and disobedience of lawful orders under the public health controls.