The Ebonyi COVID-19 Committee on routine monitoring and enforcement of the state government’s restrictions has threatened to seal banks violating social distancing order in the state.
An official of the committee, who refused to disclose his name, issued the threat at the premises of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Ogoja road branch on Monday in Abakaliki.
The official, who led other members of the COVID-19 committee to the bank, lamented the non-enforcement of social distancing order by officials of the bank, describing the development as a violation of the Ebonyi COVID-19 law 005.
The official, who was visibly furious at the large crowd of customers at the bank’s premises without observing any form of social distancing as recommended by government, threatened to report the incident to the appropriate authority for action.
He also threatened immediate sanction on those who were not wearing face masks for violating the state government’s directive that made wearing of face masks compulsory for anyone leaving their homes.
The official cautioned the customers against endangering their lives, those of their families and relations through disobedience to instructions.
He urged them to consciously observe the social distancing order, safety guidelines and precautions to remain safe and alive.
He said: “We will not hesitate to recommend the closure of any bank contravening any anti-COVID-19 law, restrictions and regulations.
“If I see this eyesore again, I will make a call and report the bank to the relevant authority and the bank will cease operations.
“Are we animals? Are we not hearing the several deaths being recorded as a result of the pandemic and why can’t we obey simple directives given by government for our own good?
“We must learn to obey government’s directives because they were given for our own safety. “Look at how people are carrying money, do you know if this money is infected with the virus,?” he said.
The team, which later dispersed the crowd, urged the bank officials to ensure that the customers were made to observe social distancing to avoid the risk of people being infected.