The Borno State Government has recommended the suspension of three imams for defying the lockdown order in the state.
The Borno State Deputy Governor Umar Usman Kadafur made this known in an interview with Newsmen in Maiduguri while monitoring compliance with the stay-at-home directive in the state capital.
The Imams include Goni Isa of Flatari North, Goni Bashir of CMC Lawan Bukar and Goni Gapchia the Imam of University of Maiduguri.
He said they are aware of the lockdown order but went ahead to call for the Jummu’at Congregational prayers which is against the directive of the government to safeguard it’s people against COVID-19.
He said “It is unfortunate that some people are taking the COVID-19 pandemic lightly which explains why they were defying the lockdown order.
He added that they will send their names to the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Umar-Ibn Garbai who is the Chairman of the Borno State Traditional Rulers Association, to direct the Chief Imam of the state to suspend them from conducting further congregation.
He further said that the surveillance team will enforce the lockdown directive, apprehend and isolate travelers who attempted to sneak into the town through different entry points into the state.
It was reported that the Chief Imam of Borno Laisu Ibrahim had earlier warned all clerics against congregation prayers in the Metropolis in compliance to COVID-19 lockdown imposed on the state.