A file picture of a police patrol van.
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a complete of 620 folks for violating the lockdown order directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
President Buhari had issued the directive in March, in addition to in Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, to curb the unfold of COVID-19.
The spokesman for the police command, Bala Elkana, confirmed the arrest of the violators in a press release on Sunday.
He defined that the arrests had been made in three days whereas these apprehended included a cleric, strippers and clubbers, and travellers coming from completely different elements of the nation.
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“On 21/4/2020 at about 2000hours, acting on information, operatives from Denton Police Station arrested 95 inter States travellers at Bhojson area, Ebute Metta in seven commercial buses,” Elkana mentioned.
He famous that the buses had been impounded whereas the drivers and passengers had been charged to a Cellular Courtroom and sentenced accordingly.
The command’s spokesman added that 211 violators of the lockdown order had been arrested in several elements of the state and likewise charged to court docket.
On Thursday final week, he mentioned the police arrested 10 suspects for organising a celebration at Lekki Backyard and had been arraigned in court docket on three counts costs and located responsible as charged.
The court docket, Elkana said, sentenced the suspects to 6 months imprisonment and neighborhood service, to run concurrently.
He disclosed that 121 different violators of the lockdown order had been arrested in several elements of Lagos and charged to court docket and had been awarded fines starting from N5,000 to N10,000 and two hours of neighborhood companies.
“On 24/four/2020 at about 0130hours, appearing on credible intelligence, operatives from Idimu Police Station arrested 39 suspects in a lodge at Idimu, for clubbing and striptease. That is in whole violation of the lockdown order and social distancing rules.
“Additionally, on 24/four/2020 at about 2030hours, Enforcement staff from the Fast Response Squad arrested one Suleiman Abubakar, the Imam of Sheik Central Mosque, Mile 12 for holding night prayers (Maghrib and Isha prayers) within the mosque with a lot of worshippers in violation of the social distancing rules.
“A complete of 288 violators of the lockdown order had been over the weekend, arrested in several elements of the state,” the state authorities mentioned.
In the meantime, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, has urged the residents to proceed to be law-abiding, particularly in the course of the lockdown interval.
He warned towards spreading pretend information to create panic and recycling previous movies on social media with new captions that counsel that the incidents occurred in the course of the lockdown interval in Lagos.