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Lagos police on standby ahead Monday curfew

By Monsuru Olowoopejo,
Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s announcement a week ago,  that curfew would be introduced in some states, the Lagos State Police Command has indicated its readiness to maintain law and order across the state, with a concluded plans to deploy enforcement teams that would ensure residents keep to stipulated time for movement as directed by the president.

It said that the 8pm to 6am curfew, expected to come into effect on Monday, would be strictly enforced to curtail further spread of coronavirus in the state.

In a statement by state command’s  Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bala Elkana, and made available to The Guild on Sunday, the law enforcement agency hinted that residents arrested during the curfew hours would be prosecuted according to extant laws of the country.

“The 8pm to 6am curfew imposed on residents by the government will be strictly enforced. The enforcement teams are fully out to apprehend violators and arraign them in Court. We must all take responsibility for our safety and the safety of our communities. Together we can stop the spread of COVID-19”, Elkana added.

While stating that the battle against coronavirus is not over, the PPRO urged residents to adhere strictly with the guidelines issued by the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 and Lagos State Government to stop the virus spread.

“The use of a face mask is compulsory and social distancing principles must be maintained. Businesses and markets must stick to the opening and closing times allocated in the guidelines.

“Commercial vehicle operators must not carry passengers more than the number stipulated in the guidelines. The order restricting non-essential inter States movements is still in force. And the ban on social and religious gatherings has not been lifted. Schools remain closed until otherwise directed by the Government”.

He, however, disclosed that atleast 2,310 residents of Lagos were arrested for breaching the lockdown imposed by President Muhammadu Buhari on the state to flatten the coronavirus circle in the country.

“Some of the violators were arrested in clubs, some organised parties, or engaged in group exercise, etc. 2,185 suspects were charged to Court while 125 suspects who are mostly minors, were warned and released. The suspects were awarded various degrees of punishments by the Court, ranging from 2 hours to 6 months community services and fines between #5,000.00 and #100,000.00”.

According to him, some of the offenders where asked by the court to write undertakings to be of good conduct and apology letters to President Muhammadu Buhari and the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

“Also, 2,092 vehicles were impounded within the same period for violating the lockdown order. Out of the figure, 800 are private vehicles while 1,292 are commercial vehicles. 1,535 motorcycles and 369 tricycles were also impounded by the enforcement team”.

To ensure adequate security of lives and property, the PPRO hinted that 14 identified boundaries with neighbouring states were adequately manned while the Tactical units were deployed to reinforce the conventional patrol teams.

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