Following the deaths in recent days attributed to the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Delta State, the State Police Command has stated that it will fully implement the restrictions put in place by the State Government.
The Police Command in Press Release signed by its Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, warned that anyone found wanting of disregarding the COVID-19 protocols, including the one from the presidency will face the full wrath of the law.
The statement titled, “Covid-19: Delta State Commissioner Of Police Reaffirms The Commands Determination To Enforce All Government Restriction Orders”, and sent to this medium on Thursday, January 28, 2021 reads below.
“With the prevailing circumstance and increasing cases of (COVID-19) in Delta State, His Excellency the Executive Governor of Delta State Sen. (Dr.) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa has ordered that curfew be imposed in the State with effect from 28th January, 2021 from 10pm to 4 am and no night club must operate.
“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police, Delta State Police Command, CP Ari Muhammed Ali FCIA Psc+ while entreating citizens of the State to remain law-abiding and voluntarily comply with the orders, re-affirmed the command’s determination to strictly enforce the orders (including the one from the presidency) stating that anyone found wanting will face the full wrath of the law.
“The Commissioner of Police has directed all Area Commanders, DPOs and Heads of Tactical/Operational Departments of the Command to ensure strict enforcement of the orders. He further charged all Officers to be professional in the discharge of their duties as any contrary act or conduct will attract severe disciplinary measures/sanctions and to observe the stipulated personal measures on COVID-19.
“Meanwhile, the good citizens of the state have been advised to be vigilant, focused and adhere to stipulated preventive measures against COVID-19 such as social distancing, wearing of face mask and washing of hands with soap and water and to report anyone found violating the law to the nearest Police Station or by calling the Command’s Control Room Number 08036684974”, the statement read.
It will be noted that the state within hours reportedly lost prominent citizens to COVID-19. The deaths of the Majority Leader of the State Assembly, Hon Tim Owhefere and the father of the state governor, Pa Arthur Okowa have been alleged to be from complications of the disease.
However, this medium is yet to independently verify this public claims.