Naira Marley and others to be prosecuted over concert in Abuja

Naira Marley

Days after arraigning Naira Marley Concert organizers in Abuja to a Mobile Court,

Federal Capital Territory FCT minister Malam Muhammad Musa Bello again vowed to prosecute the musician and all those involved in violating the Covid-19 guidelines.

FCT minister who disclosed this in a statement by his chief press secretary, said,

“The FCT Administration views the actions of the organizers and attendees at this concert as

reckless, wicked, insensitive and utter disrespect and disregard both for the law and the wellbeing and welfare of fellow citizens.

“FCT Administration which has a responsibility to protect the lives of the citizenry is determined to prosecute all those involved in orchestrating these infractions to the full extent of the law”

The administration had fined the organizers earlier on Sunday, and asked the government of Lagos State to deal with the singer.

Also, the administration had the court’s order to seal up the Jabi Lake Mall for violating the orders of the Presidential Task Force on the ban on public gatherings.

In addition to breaching social distancing laws and the use of face masks in public areas, the concert infringed on the territory’s curfew from 10 pm to 4 am.

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In condemning the concert, the Minister regretted that there is a very real possibility that a positive person at that event might have gone ahead by now to cross-infect several others,

thereby leading to a possible exponential spread.

His words were :

“It is disheartening to see residents not adhering to even the basic guidelines of facial covering, social distancing and hand washing or sanitizing.

These guidelines have been put in place in order to save and safeguard lives.

Adherence to the guidelines could be the difference between life and death.

This, therefore, begs the question; whether that concert or party which is clearly against the law is worth the health or life of a citizen.

Clearly, no concert or party is worth the life of anyone”.