The FCT Ministerial Task Team on Enforcement of COVID-19 Protocols, on Friday cleared some recreational parks in Abuja of fun-seekers, who converged there to celebrate Christmas.
Some of the parks where fun-seekers were sent away by taskforce include the Millennium Park, the Jabi Lake, the Unity Fountain and the Magic Land.
Although the gates at the Jabi Lake were closed, some adventurous fun-seekers gained entrance into the park through porous entry points.
Many of the fun-seekers at the Jabi Lake fled when they sighted the taskforce, for fears of being arrested, but the taskforce called them and sensitised them to the need to adhere to COVID-19 safety regulations.
Mr Ikharo Attah, Head, Media and Enlightenment of the taskforce, who addressed the fun-seekers, informed them that the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country appeared to be tougher that the previous one.
According to him, the FCT Administration (FCTA) can no longer allow people to gather in crowds, in spite of the limitations placed on gatherings by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF).
Attah said: “We know you all want to enjoy Christmas but you can do it at home.
“We plead for your understanding on this matter.
“We don’t want to hurt anybody but we have a duty to save residents from contracting the virus.’’
Addressing journalists after shutting down the Magic Land Park by the Abuja City Gate, Attah, who empathised with the residents, said that there would be more celebrations in the future if the residents abided by the safety protocols.
“We are truly pained doing this on this day, but we have the responsibility to save lives and protect FCT residents from being infected with COVID-19.
“We see people in large numbers, particularly children, who have come to these recreation centres to have the best of Christmas.
“They look obviously unhappy and we are feeling their pains and disappointment.’’