After much outrage on Twitter, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has shut down Jabi Lake Mall where Naira Marley held a concert against the COVID-19 order.
AllNews reports that Naira Marley had performed at the drive-in concert organized by Play Network Africa, Traffic Bar, El'Carnival and sponsored by Glenfiddich.
The ‘drive-in’ party, concert held at Silverbird Entertainment Centre was reportedly under control until fun-seekers flooded the venue in groups, thereby defying the social distancing rules to contain the spread of COVID-19.
In some of the clips seen on micro-blogging platform Twitter, the singer was seen performing in front of a large crowd.
The clips got the attention of many who bashed the singer on Twitter.
Hours later, Bashir Ahmad the Personal Assistant on New Media to President Muhammadu Buhari announced that the FCTA had closed down Jabi Lake Mall indefinitely for “violating the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 directive”
He tweeted “The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has closed down Jabi Lake Mall indefinitely for violating the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 directive, the ban on public gatherings, the FCT Task Force on COVID-19 has said in a statement.”
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has closed down Jabi Lake Mall indefinitely for violating the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 directive, the ban on public gatherings, the FCT Task Force on COVID-19 has said in a statement.— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) June 14, 2020
Jabi Lake Mall Violated Several Measures
Aside from violating the social gatherings, some of the concert-attendees reportedly didn't have their mask on during the concert. Also, the concert had breached the 10 pm to 4 am curfew declared by the Federal Government. Jabi Lake Mall was said to have received several warnings from the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 but ignored the warnings.
According to the leader of the Task Team, Ikharo Attah, Jabi Lake Mall had breached several presidential orders relating to COVID-19, including exceeding business hours permitted by the authorities. These are accumulated offences that led to the closure of the mall for two weeks.
While shopping plazas like Shoprite and cinemas are yet to reopen to the public, the shutdown of Jabi Lake Mall is likely to affect the revenue of other smaller stores in the mall during the shutdown period. It is not known yet if these smaller stores will take any action against Jabi Lake Mall for the disruption of their business operations.
Jabi Lake Mall is a beneficiary of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) investment. IFC, which is a member of the World Bank, had invested $9.5 million in Jabi Lake Mall.