What has kept violent crime overall on a downward path is the various iterations of lockdown measures implemented since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Minister Musa said that post-pandemic, curfews could come.
Kareem Musa, Minister of New Growth In dustries: “I do not believe that we should be restricting the movement of persons so whenever it is that we come out of the pandemic I do not see us putting in place curfews as limited as midnight perhaps moving it to 2AM I believe is a reasonable time that we could eventually move it to- again this is coming out of COVID because really and truly whatever we have to do we could do it before 2AM I would think so like I said I do not believe in restricting movement unnecessarily so in terms of your question that is far as I’d be willing to consider.”
Minister Musa also was quizzed about bars and other similar establishments that are still not operating within the confines of the current pandemic regulations. He said that this kind of behaviour is frowned upon.
Kareem Musa, Minister of New Growth Industries: “I would want to advise all bars that the statutory instrument has not been changed in relation to bars. What is in place, again and this is worth repeating every time we speak with the media, is that only restaurants are allowed to open at this time. So if it is that a bar is reopening and not serving food with alcohol they are in direct breach of the statutory instrument so I want to discourage bar owners please pay attention to the statutory instrument and what you are allowed to do under the law.”
That was the Minister of Home Affairs and New Industries, Kareem Musa.