The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has warned operators of nightclubs, bars and gardens across the city not to resume operations until the COVID-19 restriction order is lifted. 

Ikharo Attah, Chairman of the FCT Ministerial Enforcement Taskteam on COVID-19 restrictions, on Saturday, June 20, intensified the warning when the team went out round Kubwa, Gwarimpa and Wuse to monitor the level of compliance by the bar owners. 

Attah said, "the ban on nightclubs, parks and bars is yet to be lifted hence the need for us to sustain routine inspection and ensure compliance. We believe that if we relax too much, with the number of positive COVID-19 cases on the rise, it would not be good for the city."

Speaking further, he added that he is not happy with the number of suspected commercial sex workers around buildings housing with nightclubs in Kubwa. 

He noted that, "the presence of the ladies of the night is a violation of the curfew because they are not on the exemption list of essential workers. Their presence made us carry out full checks on some nightclubs which are truly closed. At moments like this, we expect them to stop the unholy trade in their own interest because the men who may patronize them may be COVID-19 positive."

“We got several calls that Reset Nightclub and Bar located at Lobito Crescent in Wuse 2 was fully operational. But when we got there, we discovered that it wasn’t true. A bar operating in a plaza located opposite the nightclub, as we all found out this night, was the one operating and playing very loud music which necessitated the calls and complaints we got from residents of the area.”

The team also ceased some of the speakers in the bars and handed them over to enforcement officials from the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, (AEPB).


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