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Kano Police arrests,  prosecutes 150 violators of Covid 19 lockdown; As 34 Kano doctors test positive, one die.

The Kano State Police Command has arrested and prosecuted over 150 persons for allegedly violating lockdown directive by the Federal Government in the last week to stem the spread of Covid-19.

It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari, had on April 27, declared a total lockdown in Kano to curtail the spread of Coronavirus.

The Command’s Spokesman, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, made the disclosure in a statement on Tuesday in Kano.

He said the violators were arrested at various points within Kano metropolis and were prosecuted in the newly inaugurated 11 mobile courts by the Kano state government.

“Majority of the violators were apprehended for defying the lockdown order,” he said.

He said that the police, in collaboration with other security agencies, have been deployed to guard all the entry points across the state to monitor and ensure strict adherence to the lockdown order.

“We are using social media platforms, radio stations, television and print media channels to educate residents on why they should obey the lockdown order”, he said.

“The command will not tolerate defying lockdown order, our officers and men have been asked to ensure the fundamental human rights of citizens while enforcing the lockdown order in the state,” he added.

The PPRO also urged residents to comply with the Presidential lockdown order and strictly practice physical distancing, washing of hands with soap under running water or use of hand sanitizer to stay safe.

He reaffirmed the commitment of the police to protect life and property, especially during the lockdown.

Meanwhile, the Kano State Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), on Tuesday, said that 34 doctors have tested positive to the novel coronavirus in the state.

The NMA Chairman, Dr. Sanusi Bala, told the media in Kano that one of the confirmed cases has died.

Bala explained that many of the victims were the doctors working at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) and other private clinics in the state.

According to him, many of them were infected through normal clinical routines while attending to unsuspected COVID-19 cases.

He vowed that the association would protect its members and appealed to authorities to provide more protection for doctors through the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Responding to the situation, spokesperson for AKTH, Mrs. Hauwa Muhammed revealed that the hospital had procured and distributed PPE to frontline workers.

She said that the hospital management had ordered all Consultants and Heads of Department to train their staff on the proper use of the PPE.

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