Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Covid-19: Abia govt orders seizure of vehicles, tricycles who violate lockdown directive

Abia State government has directed all security agencies in the state to impound any tricycles or commercial vehicles plying the road until the end of the lockdown,

The state government also gave the security agencies the power to keep the arrested vehicles in their custody for a minimum of 7 days.

This is coming on the heels of the recent restriction on human and vehicular movements, as parts of precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic in the state.


However, a press release issued to newsmen in Umuahia, on Wednesday, by the State Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu, said only vehicles transporting food items and those exempted from the lockdown are allowed to be on the road.

Meanwhile, the Abia State Fire Service, Wednesday, warned against stockpiling of petroleum products as a result of the economic and social lockdown of the state.


The Comptroller of the State Fire Service, Gbaruko Victor Okechukwu, gave the warning in a press statement on Wednesday.

According to the statement, filling stations and gas plants are exempted from the stay-at-home order.

“Therefore, it is unnecessary to engage in panic buying. The State Fire Services have been mandated to watch closely the situation which may eventually result in avoidable outbreak”.


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