The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has released over 40 protesters who were arrested by the joint security personnel at Unity Fountain earlier today.
The protesters were arrested and brought before the FCT Mobile Court for prosecution.
Speaking on the development, the Chairman, Ministerial Task Team on Covid-19, Comrade Ikharo Attah said that the protesters violated the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 guidelines of social and physical distancing and most of them were seen without face masks.
According to him; “About 40 of them have all been released and been tasked to always conform with Covid-19 whenever they are out to protest. Saying, You have the right to association, right to protest, a right to freedom of speech and expression but as you do all of this you must always conform to Covid-19 health protocols.
“The enforcement team went out in our normal routine operation and this time around and we made some arrest of some persons who came to protest and it is very clear that this is a democratic nation and everyone has the right to protest, to voice out but this must be done within the rules that governed the country and one of such rules is to obey the issues of Covid-19 , so they were brought to the Mobil court inline with Covid-19 violations.
“When there is protest, social distancing is very difficult to observe, so when they came to the court, the magistrate had several other cases in other court and couldn’t sit. And in our own wisdom, as person’s with listening hears, we talked to them, and it was agreed by all parties that they should go and observed all the laid down Covid-19 protocols before they will be released and they agreed to that do that”, he explained.