The police in Lagos have beegun cracking down on social, religious and other gatherings above 50 people in the state.
The move is in line with the directives of the Federal and Lagos state governments put in place to avoid the further spread of coronavirus – The police commissioner has also ordered the immediate release of suspects arrested for minor offences as part of preventive measures The police in Lagos have commenced a massive crackdown on social, religious and other gatherings above 50 people in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus in the state and Nigeria at large. The Lagos police spokesman, Bala Elkana, in a statement, made available to Press, said the police operatives will be enforcing the ban on social gatherings, clubs, parties, ceremonies and religious gatherings of more than 50 persons in the state.
The residents of the state were urged to comply with the guidelines and directives issued by both the federal government and the Lagos state government on prevention of the spread of Covid-19.
Elkana said the Lagos police command has deployed adequate resources across the state to ensure that the orders are fully obeyed. The order imposed bans on social gatherings such as wedding ceremonies, naming ceremonies, burial ceremonies, parties, clubs and religious gatherings of people more than 50.
The police clarified that the order also affects commercial vehicles carrying passengers above capacity (overloading). Elkana said the Lagos police command urged members of the public to avoid overcrowding themselves at bus stops, market places, business places and scenes of incidents. He added that the commissioner of police, Hakeem Odumosu had called on the good people of Lagos state to obey the safety regulations put in place for the benefit of everyone. According to the police spokesperson, the command has deployed a medical team to market places for awareness creation.
The police commissioner has also ordered the immediate release of suspects arrested for minor offences as part of preventive measures.