The Kaduna State Government has arrested two clerics, Malam Aminu Umar Usman and Malam Umar Shangel, for conducting congregational prayers on Friday, 27th March in Malali and Ungwan Kanawa communities of Kaduna North Local Government Area
According to a statement by the State Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs Samuel Aruwan, their conduct violated government orders as well as advice given by leaders of faith.
He said the two clerics would be prosecuted accordingly.
The Commissioner also stated that the state government noted that certain individuals, including clerics, were violating the restriction of movement, large gatherings, trading and congregational prayers.
“This is patently illegal and irresponsible conduct at a time that requires sober and rational conduct to protect our people from coronavirus.”
Aruwan said the State Government reiterated that it expected compliance with the quarantine orders and will continue to enforce them.
“Anyone who decides to jeopardise their prestige and social standing by wanton violation of orders made to protect public welfare and good health can expect a firm response.
“It should be clear that the inconvenience associated with the preventive measures, while regretted, are nothing compared to the suffering and deaths that coronavirus will cause if it is allowed to get here and spread,” he said.
The Commissioner added that the security agencies will enforce government orders and uphold the 24 hour curfew, until further notice. Those who seek to defy the directives stand the risk of arrest and prosecution.
He commended the citizens that were abiding by the terms of the quarantine imposed on the state as a preventive measure against Covid-19.
“The state government is especially grateful to religious and community leaders who have joined in appealing to the public to abide by public health warnings.
“We thank the media for amplifying the message of prevention and the security agencies that are enforcing the extraordinary preventive measures,” he said.