By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The enforcement team of the Osun COVID-19 Task Force on Thursday arrested some of the violators of the ongoing lockdown order of the state government in Ijesaland.
The violators and other non-adherents to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s (NCDC) protocols were apprehended for flouting government’s directives to forestall community transmission of the dreaded coronavirus.
The state government had last weekend announced the total lockdown in four local government areas of Ijesaland as part of its swift response to combat the pandemic.
The decision to lockdown some parts of the state, according to the government, was arrived at due to the increased number of confirmed cases of the pandemic in the state.
The state’s medical team managing the pandemic had earlier in its reports revealed that many of the people that had contracted the virus were residents of Ijesaland; hence the need for government to step up its preventive measures.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Mrs. Abiodun Ige, who led the enforcement team, said the decision to arrest some of the violators was to ensure total compliance to the government’s order.
She noted that those that were temporarily arrested would serve as a deterrent to others who might be nursing such an act of insolence toward the lockdown.
Some of the violators who were largely residents of Ilesa West and Ilesa East, were apprehended by the law enforcement agents stationed at different locations in the four Councils.
The violators were counselled on the necessary precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus and were later released.