Coronavirus: Five interstate travel violators arrested in Abeokuta
A driver and four other passengers on transit from Benue State to Abeokuta have been arrested by Operatives of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), in conjunction with men of the So-Safe Corps.
The Public Relations Officer of TRACE, Babatunde Akinbiyi, who identified the interstate violators as Agbo Earnest. (Driver), David Jonah James, Esther Odo, Comfort Ejeh, and Mr. Jonah Francis, said they were arrested around 11pm at Kuto motor park in Abeokuta.
“The vehicle conveying the passengers, a white Nissan Caravan Bus, with registration Number AAB 96 ZY, was intercepted because of their suspicious appearance,”Akinbiyi said per Vanguard.
“They claimed they had travelled to Benue State some days back from Abeokuta to bury their late father who died of stroke.
“The number of passengers in the bus, as at the time of interception was unknown, as some of them fled at Kuto. However, the arrested five passengers were later taken to the Divisional TRACE Command, Abeokuta, where they were detained till the following morning.
“The Hon Commissiner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Adesanya Ayinde, were contacted by TRACE Corps Commander/Chief Executive, Commander ‘Seni Ogunyemi, and a team from the Ministry of Health, made up of Dr. Festus Soyinka, Director Public Health/Incident Manager and Dr, Festus Adetanwa, a Public Health Physician, were assigned to carry out due-diligence test through a medical infrared thermometer to ascertain their temperature level, which is one of the Covid-19 Pandemic protocol and it was established as normal.
“After carrying out a thorough interrogation and investigation of the claims, which was ascertained to be true, their case was then transferred to the Ogun State Mobile Traffic Court, on the instructions of the Special Adviser on Security, AIG Sola Subair (Rtd) for flouting the stay at home and curfew order of government.
“They were found guilty and fined five thousand Naira each without an option of community service.”