Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has inaugurated 2,000 special marshals to enforce compliance to COVID-19 protocols the state.
The marshals, who include the police, civil defence, Hisbah and men of Environmental Vanguard, are to strictly enforce implementation of Section 5 of Quarantine Regulations.
President Muhammadu Buhari, last week, signed the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations 2021 under Quarantine Laws of the constitution.
Ganduje had signed similar regulations in April 2020 to compel compliance to the protocols.
Inaugurating the new enforcement agents, the governor, who reaffirmed the second wave of the pandemic in Kano, insisted that government would no longer tolerate lawlessness in the state.
Though the governor allayed fears of another lockdown in Kano, he vowed to resist all acts of deviance to the protocols that might aggravate the situation.
“No doubt, COVID-19 is back in Kano and we must be back with all necessary measures to curtail the spread. Although we do not intend to lock down the state again because of the devastating socio-economic impact, we must put adequate measures in place to ensure compliance to protocols to save lives.
“To enforce compliance, the government is inaugurating COVID-19 Marshals to carry out special duties. The marshals will carry out sensitisation on the danger involved in COVID-19 and the need to adopt safety measures. In the case of disobedience, the marshals that will be supported by the police will arrest and charge offenders to our special mobile court,” he said.