The Commissioner for Information, Mr Dan Manjang, gave the warning in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Jos.
He expressed displeasure at the deliberate breach of social distancing order by some early morning and evening joggers, saying the act was detrimental to the fight against COVID-19.
“The emerging culture, which negates all intents and purposes in the name of jogging where people come out in their hundreds or groups with total disregard to not only social distancing but in defiance of the lock down order, is disheartening.
“Government would like to advise those involved to desist from that habit, failure of which the practice will be treated as an affront to constituted authority,” he said.
According to the commissioner, there are many ways residents can engage in exercises without flouting government’s order or test its will.
He explained that the state government meant well for citizens at all times and would not fold its arms and watch its orders being disregarded.
Manjang described COVID -19 as a threat to mankind and urged residents to support the government to curb the spread of the pandemic in the state.
The commissioner also expressed concern over the flagrant disregard of the curfew imposed between 8.00 p.m. and 6.00 a.m each day.
Manjang said that the curfew was still in force and urged resident to comply with the order as a measure to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The commissioner also warned that the government would not hesitate to punish any resident found violating the restriction order.
Manjang added that wearing of masks was mandatory in the state and urged security agencies to ensure strict adherence to the directive.