By Laide Akinboade, Abuja
Following the incessant violation of the inter state travel ban and the mass movement of human cargo in dehumanising conditions in their trucks, the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has warned the Dangote Group to call its drivers to order.
The Enforcement Team also got a Court Order to seal off a hotel in Abuja that has been in default of the COVID- 19 protocols.
Chairman, FCT COVID 19 Enforcement Team,Comrade Ikharo Attah, while speaking with Newsmen in Abuja said Dangote trucks had been notorious for loading humans in between goods and defying the President’s travel ban across states.
He said it was improper to load humans in between goods like onions, pepper, cement and covered with tarpaulin.
The latest compliant, he said was the team’s visit to the Nasarawa boundary of the FCT and the unfortunate discovery made.
“We went to the Abuja – Nasarawa boundary post yesterday, we got some persons there saying that they left Akwanga heading to Zamfara, carrying some food items and when we opened the tarpaulin, we saw over 50 persons. We turned them back to Akwanga where they were coming from.”
Attah also lamented the harrowing experience of those who are on essential service and needed to enter the FCT from the Nadarawa point. He said those people spent hours waiting on the queue.
On the recalcitrant hotel management, Attah noted: ” Last weekend we got a report that a wild and an elaborate party held at the Pacific Hotel and Guest Inn, Nyanya area of the FCT. We sent security operatives the next day to go there and check. And when the team went there to check the next day they saw large crowd of people in the bar eating and drinking without observing the COVID -19 protocol.
“Some of them were arrested while others ran away. Those arrested were taken to mobile court and the mobile court judge, Chief Magistrate Idayat Akani, fined them N5, 000 and they engaged them in community service.
“We asked the manager why they disobeyed the lockdown order. He said it is beyond him, that it is the owner of the hotel that gave order the the hotel must remain open and parties and other activities should be allowed to go on.
So we prayed the Judge to grant us an order to seal up the hotel which the Judge graciously granted the order and we went there today and carried out the court order.
The hotel remain closed until when the chairman and management of the hotel appears before the Judge and the judge gives a verdict or vacate the closed down order, that is the hotel will be reopen”.