…As Ekiti Chief Judge restricts court sittings to only urgent criminal matters***
The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has cautioned commercial vehicle operators against overloading of passengers as the coronavirus gathers momentum worldwide.
Oyeyemi disclosed this in a statement made available by the Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO), Mr Bisi Kazeem on Saturday in Abuja.
He said the advice became imperative to curtail the spread of the global pandemic through avoidable overloading of vehicles with persons.
He said that this was part of the Corps efforts to sustain the ongoing advocacy campaigns to check the spread of the virus.
He admonished all drivers of vehicles to carry only one person at the front and not more than three in a row of the vehicles.
“While motorcycle riders should carry only one person at a time so that occupants will be able to guard themselves and watch out for symptoms as they commute to their destinations,” he said.
Oyeyemi advised that travellers should also endeavour to stay away from overloaded vehicles at all times no matter the urgency of their trip.
According to him, “at this point, it is better to be late on your trip than to indulge in unhealthy acts that will lead to contracting or spreading the virus as the world has already had enough of the epidemic.
“Motorists who notice any strange type of flu to consider the welfare of others and stay back, notify the family and loved ones of the development, and report himself or herself for medical examination.”
The Corps Marshal enjoined all motorists and road users to continually observe all traffic rules and regulations, calling on motorists to drive to stay alive.
In the meantime, the Ekiti Chief Judge (CJ), Justice Ayodeji Daramola has directed that only urgent criminal matters should be attended to, in all the High Courts in the state.
Tbis was contained in a Public Service announcement signed by the CJ in Ado Ekiti on Saturday.
He said the decision followed the directive by the State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi on Friday, for the closure of all Academic Institutions and public gatherings in the state.
Gov. Fayemi had earlier encouraged all public and private services to work from home from Monday, March 23, while the inter and intra-state transportation were advised to avoid overloading of passengers.
The governor also said motorcyclists must carry only one passenger each to minimise close contact as much as possible and hand washing facilities must be available at all motor parks .
“Citizens are also advised to wash their hands regularly and unnecessary travel in and out of Ekiti is discouraged at this time,” the governor had said.
The CJ noted that only fresh Criminal (overnight) cases would be attended to in all the Magistrate Courts henceforth until further notice.
He said in all cases, only direct parties to the matters for hearing would be allowed into the court premises during the period of hearing.