In response to the intransigence of some religious leaders regarding the ban on all forms of gatherings, the Kaduna State Government has arrested two clerics for conducting Friday congregational prayers in two communities of Kaduna North local government area, in violation of the curfew imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan who disclosed this at a press conference on Saturday, named the culprits as Malam Aminu Umar Usman and Malam Umar Shangel, from Malali and Unguwan Kanawa respectively.
The commissioner said that their conduct violated government orders as well as advice given by leaders of faith, adding that the clerics will be prosecuted accordingly.
Aruwan reiterated that, government expects compliance with the quarantine orders, which imposed curfew in the entire state “and will continue to enforce them.”
The commissioner further warned that “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.”
The Kaduna State Government commends “citizens that are abiding by the terms of the quarantine imposed on the state as a preventive measure against Covid-19,” he said.
According to the commissioner, such violations are “patently illegal and irresponsible conduct, at a time that requires sober and rational conduct to protect our people from coronavirus.