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The police in Kaduna State have arrested 986 people for violating the social distancing and lockdown order of the state government aimed at curtailing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

48 suspects among those arrested were religious leaders and beer parlour operators in the state.

Umar Muri, the Commissioner of Police, said the enforcement of the lockdown and social distancing directive has become imperative in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“It’s worthy to note that the command, in its bid to enforce the social distancing and lockdown orders imposed by Kaduna by the State government since 26 March, 2020, with a view to curbing the spread of COVID 19 pandemic in the state and environs, has arrested 986 violators across the State.

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Umar said, “Among which, 48 suspects who are mostly religious leaders and beer parlour operators, have been charged to court for prosecution, ” he said.

He also explained that the command has arrested 91 suspects for various crimes which include banditry, Armed robbers, kidnapping, culpable homicide, rape, shop breaking, theft and other crimes.

So many weapons have been recovered from the suspects while others were neutralised during various operations carried out by the command, he added.

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