The Ogun state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has said that anybody who fails to wear face masks in the state will be jailed for six months without mercy.
He disclosed this on Wednesday at a press conference at his office in Okemosan, Abeokuta.
The governor noted that he is invoking jail term for face mask violators based on the powers invested in him by the Regulation 7 of the Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations No. 2 of 2020 (the Regulations), made pursuant to section 33 of the Public Health Law of Ogun State (the Law).
The governor added that he was not happy with the low compliance to the use of face masks.
Abiodun stressed that moving around without facemask is a big offence in the state.
He said, “wearing of face masks in the public is now compulsory. Therefore, I hereby invoke powers conferred on me by Regulation 7 of the Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations No. 2 of 2020 (the Regulations), made pursuant to section 33 of the Public Health Law of Ogun State (the Law), to mandate the compulsory wearing of face masks by all persons in public as part of measures to prevent the rapid spread of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
“Failure to do so is punishable by up to six months’ imprisonment under Regulation 8 of the Regulations and section 68 of the Law;
“Only one passenger is still allowed for motorcycles and two passengers only for tricycles; v. Taxi cabs and buses still have 60% limitation on their carrying capacity and the measure to arrest and impound any driver that contravenes this in our State is still in force.