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COVID-19: Ayade Orders Arrest Of Those Moving Without Face Mask

The governor of Cross River, Ben Ayade has ordered the arrest of anyone who moves about without the use of face mask.

Ayade in a directive to security agencies noted that the arrest should commence on Friday.


The use of facial masks is one of the measures by the World Health Organisation’s (WHO).

“Following the proliferation of new cases of coronavirus in neighbouring states, the Cross River state governor, Sir Ben Ayade, has imposed new restrictions on residents of the state as follows,” he said.

“No citizen or resident of the state will be allowed to leave home without a face mask from Friday 3rd, April 2020; failure to adhere to this directive will lead to the arrest and quarantine of the offenders for 14 days.

“The Cross River State garment factory has been mandated to produce face masks to be distributed free to citizens and residents alike to meet with the demand.”

The directive went further to remind residents of Cross River that public gatherings remained banned by the state government.

“All public gatherings remain banned, markets should remain closed except where foodstuff is sold,” the statement added.

“All exit and entry points into the state are now completely shut. No human or vehicular movement will be allowed into the state under any disguise.”

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