A traffic-free street in Jos, Nigeria

Central Nigeria: The Plateau State Government says it will henceforth sanction anyone who violates its restrictions on public gatherings.

The Government had discussed with “critical stakeholders” and restricted banned social gatherings, restricting religious events to 50 persons towards containing the spread of COVID-19.

Many of such gatherings however held without observing the guidelines in the last weekend, angering the State authorities.

“The State Government has noticed the flagrant disregard and disrespect of the measures by some individuals and groups in the state.

“Of particular note is the non-compliance of the outright suspension of anniversaries and cultural festivals,” said a press statement on Sunday by the State Commissioner of Information, Mr. Dan Manjang.

“Government, Mr. Manjang said “frowns at this attitude, and calls on such groups and individuals to desist from disrespecting constituted authorities and comply forthwith.”

Failure to do so, according to him will attract “appropriate sanctions”.

Government in the words of the Commissioner is aware of the rights of people to assemble.

However, such rights, he warned “may not be exercised in view of the danger it posses to the generality of the people”.