The Ebonyi State government has announced the use of minimal force as part of efforts to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Although the state has yet to record any infection, the state governor, David Umahi, says the government is stepping up measures against the disease.
Addressing a meeting of stakeholders on Wednesday at the Government House in Abakaliki, the state capital, he disclosed that officials have been directed to beat residents coming out of their houses without wearing face masks.
Governor Umahi explained the importance of residents wearing face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
According to him, the Nigerian Army authorities have highlighted the order of roadblocks to check the unnecessary influx of travellers into Ebonyi.
The governor noted that the residents have a role to play, as well as the security agencies, including the police and the Ebonyi State Neighbourhood Security Watch.
He also sought the cooperation of the youth assembly in the state with the neighbourhood watch to ensure compliance with the government’s policies against COVID-19.