Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo has threatened a second total lockdown, if residents of the state continue to disregard COVID-19 safety protocols.
The governor issued the threat in a statewide broadcast in Owerri late on Friday night.
Uzodinma frowned at nonchalance of Imo residents towards established safety protocols.
He stated that four mobile courts have been put in place in different parts of the state to prosecute violators of COVID-19 safety protocols.
He directed the use of face masks, hand sanitisers and hand wash stands in all malls, markets, hotels, eateries, night clubs, supermarkets and public offices as well as for all religious gatherings, marriage and burial ceremonies.
He pecked the maximum number of persons for public gatherings at 50 and warned that offenders would have to endure six months in jail or pay N20,000 in lieu.