The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Rivers says it will shut motor parks in the state over violation of COVID-19 guidelines.
Salisu Galadunci, the FRSC sector commander in Rivers, said this while addressing journalists in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
With over 84,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, Nigeria is witnessing a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic as more cases are being recorded.
Galadunci said passengers and drivers have continued to flout the rules on social distancing and wearing of face masks.
He said the FRSC will collaborate with other security agencies in shutting down motor parks where such violations occur.
“We have repeatedly advised the need for park operators and passengers to comply with the COVID-19 rules because of what we have observed in the State. If any motor park fails to or refuses to comply with the COVID-19 rules, we have been giving the go-ahead to shut it down,” he said.
“We will call the police, we will call everybody and we will shut it down until they are ready to comply with the rules.
“We will not allow people to suffer and to die as a result of that. The issue of whether you believe it or not does not even arise here. This is something that is scientifically proven and we are seeing what is happening in Europe and other parts of the world.
“Nobody should deceive himself that we have hot weather or whatever it is, no. Wash your hands frequently, wear a facemask and other simple guidelines to protect yourself and others.”