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Daura Emir’s palace shut for violating physical distancing order

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Palace of Alhaji Farouk Umar, the Emir of Daura, has been shut by the Katsina State Government after discovery that it violated the social distancing order put in place by government.

The palace was shut through the state’s coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid response committee.

Daura Council, which recorded the state’s COVID-19 index case a month ago, had been locked down by government to check the spread of the disease.

But with the Ramadan season and other traditional engagements, the emirate had left its door open to people with hundreds converging at the palace at the same time.

It was learnt that the emirate had organised distribution of palliatives to some residents, and invitations were sent to beneficiaries who were asked to convene at the palace for the largesse.

But the number exploded after word spread that palliatives were being shared, turning the palace to a market place of sorts.

Turbaning ceremonies and other traditional engagements the emirate organised also drew hundreds of residents to the palace.

At present, the palace is under lock and key, with no one allowed to go in or out, as security operatives have been stationed at the palace to forestall breakdown of law and order.

Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mustapha Inuwa, said every member of the palace had been ordered to isolate, with their samples taken to determine their COVID-19 status.

He, however, added the palace would be reopened as soon as all the samples taken returned negative.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, SP Gambo Isah, said the action had backing of security operatives.

Meanwhile, Kaduna State Government has accused some private schools in the state of conducting business, despite the lockdown of the state.

The government subsequently vowed to visit such schools with severe sanction for flouting the lockdown directive.

The Commissioner for Education, Dr. Shehu Muhammad, stated: “The attention of the Kaduna State Government has been drawn to some private schools still conducting sessions indirectly through assembling parents in their premises in the name of collecting and returning students assignments as against the COVID-19 Quarantine lockdown order.”

“Such schools organise these sessions during the two-day window of each week, formerly Tuesdays and Wednesdays and now Wednesdays and Saturdays, with parents trooping in large numbers to the schools to submit assignments from their wards, while some other privates schools have begun the third term.”

While threatening to sanction the affected schools, the government called on all students and parents to continue practising all needed to stay safe from COVID-19 such as good personal and environmental hygiene, maintaining social distances, avoiding large gatherings and use of face masks.


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