Ekiti's government says it will start arresting those who refuse to wear face masks in public places from Monday.
The commissioner said Gov. Kayode Fayemi was particularly concerned about the state's deliberate non-compliance with most of COVID-19's regulations.
He said the governor has ordered compliance with all other COVID-19 regulations in the state.
The commissioner cited some of the precautionary provisions that residents ignore, including the mandatory wearing of face masks in public places and adherence to social distancing.
He also stated that mobile courts had been established to bring offenders to justice and impose appropriate sanctions, such as fines and community service.
The Commissioner also stated that commercial motorcyclists and road transport workers whose passengers refused or stopped wearing face masks would be held liable.
He reiterated the commitment of the Fayemi administration to protect human rights while enforcing the rules.
In his view, the Ministry of Justice had already issued a directive instructing the security forces to respect the rights of residents in the performance of their duties.
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