The federal capital territory administration (FCTA) has sealed off the Jabi Lake mall for violating restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The FCT ministerial enforcement task force on COVID-19 sealed off the mall on Sunday after it hosted a concert by Naira Marley, a singer.

The presidential task force on COVID-19 had banned public events and gatherings of more than 20 persons amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But the mall hosted the concert on Saturday, with pictures and videos showing people flouting social distancing measures.

The musical event was planned as a drive-in concert but it failed to conform to the planned arrangement.

Speaking to newsmen in Abuja after sealing the mall, Chairman of the Ministerial Enforcement Taskteam on COVID-19 Restrictions, Ikharo Attah, lamented despite several warnings from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the FCT Administration on guidelines to operate, the management of the Jabi Lake Mall chose to encourage and permits a concerts by their customer Naira Marley and also conducting business activities to exceeding the normal hours allowed by the authorities.

He further disclosed the administration has secured a judgement from a mobile court headed by Magistrate Idayat Akonni who sat in the malls premises in Jabi to seal up the mall for two weeks for default of the COVID-19 protocols bearing three count charges on the Mall.

Ikharo explained that the seal up order was necessitated by the unlawful and embarrassing event at the mall on Friday night.

When asked if the FCT administration plans to declare Marley wanted, Attah said: β€œHe flew in to Abuja Friday from Lagos and returned back same day

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