Night travel by commercial transport operators is affecting the efforts of the Federal Government at checking the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, according the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu.
Adamu who said the development has proven to be counter-productive as it undermines the tireless efforts of Government at checking the deadly disease, warned that , there would be severe consequences for members of the organized transport sector who continue to breach the existing restriction order by resorting to travelling at night.
The clarification of the IGP is contained in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, DCP Frank Mba, yesterday, which said the warning it has issued is sequel to intelligence at the disposal of the Police.
According to the Police , this is to the effect that road transport workers, especially interstate operators, have continued to defy the lockdown order and cessation of movements as put in place by the Federal Government as they continue to embark on night journeys.
Thus , the IGP has directed Commissioners of Police to ensure full implementation of the restriction order, especially as it relates to night travel without being unmindful of categories of exempted persons and the fundamental human rights of Nigerians.
The IGP restated that the lockdown is for 24 hours daily and that night hours are not excluded, also tasked the leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) and the Public Transport Owners of Nigeria Association amongst others.
He warned the organised private sector to strictly implore their members to strcictly adhere to the restriction order of the Federal Government, warning that violators will be made to face the full wrath of the law.