At least 50 persons who were present at a nightclub in Kwara in the early hours of Saturday have been arrested and quarantined.
Their samples have also been taken for COVID-19 test.
Femi Oladiji, chairman, medical advisory committee on COVID-19 in Kwara, disclosed this on Saturday in Ilorin at the state’s quarantine centre where the persons were kept.
According to NAN, Oladiji explained that the operation was led by Kayode Alabi, the deputy governor and chairman of the technical committee on COVID-19.
“Around 1am, we got information that some people were clubbing at Kwara Hotel,” he said.
“The deputy governor, accompanied by some security officials, raided the club and we arrested so many boys and girls within the age range of 20 to 30.”
“Around 2am, we brought them to the Hajj camp (quarantine centre). We made them comfortable overnight, and early this morning, we took their samples for COVID-19 tests.
“The arrest, which may lead to prosecution, is to send the signal that we cannot tolerate such a conduct. Violations will henceforth attract strong response from government.”
He said the ban on nightclub activities remained in force in the state to prevent further spread of the virus.
Oladiji added that the arrested persons violated the Kwara state infectious diseases regulations (2020), as well as government’s subsisting ban on congregations exceeding 20 people, except in places of worship.
“Government is considering other measures, including enforcement of the use of face masks in public, to flatten the curve of transmission of the virus,” he said.
“Government will take appropriate actions against any official of the hotel found to have authorised the violation of the existing ban. This is to send the signal that such behaviour will not be tolerated.”