COVID-19: 620 violators of lockdown order arrested in Lagos, charged to Court


…Cleric arrested for holding group prayers in defiance to the social distancing directives

…39 strippers/clubbers arrested in night club     

…7 commercial buses intercepted with 95 inter states travellers       

The Lagos State Police command has arrested ninety-five (95) inter states travellers at Bhojson area, Ebute Metta in seven commercial buses with registration numbers LG 91 BGT, Lagos to Benue; BDA 690 XA, Lagos to Abuja; BGA 86 EA, Lagos to Abuja; LSD 459 XA, Lagos to Benue; LRN 105 YR, Lagos to Ilorin; LSD 81 XX, Lagos to Ilorin and BWR 975 PN, Lagos to Abuja.

Acting on information, operatives from Denton Police Station, at about 8pm on Tuesday 21st April, 2020 arrested the culprits.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Bala Elkana, in a statement on Sunday, the buses were impounded; the drivers and passengers were charged to Mobile Court and sentenced accordingly.

Elkana also said that two hundred and eleven (211) violators of lockdown order were arrested in different parts of the state and also charged to Court.

He further disclosed that at about 10.30pm on Wednesday 23rd April, 2020, operatives from Maroko Police Station arrested ten (10) suspects for organising a party at Lekki Garden.

He added that the suspects were arraigned in Court on three counts charges, found guilty as charged and were sentenced to six (6) months imprisonment and community service to run concurrently.

“Similarly, 121 violators of lockdown order were arrested in different parts of Lagos State and charged to Court. They were awarded fines ranging from N5000 to N10,000 and two hours community services.

“On 24/4/2020 at about 0130hours, acting on credible intelligence, operatives from Idimu Police Station arrested 39 suspects in a hotel at Idimu, for clubbing and striptease. This is in total violation of the lockdown order and social distancing regulations.

“Also, on 24/4/2020 at about 2030hours, Enforcement team from the Rapid Response Squad arrested one Suleiman Abubakar, the Imam of Sheik Central Mosque, Mile 12, Ketu for holding evening prayers (Maghrib and Isha prayers) in the Mosque with a large number of worshippers in violation of the social distancing regulations. A total of 288 violators of the lockdown order were over the weekend, arrested in different parts of the state”, he added.

He continued, “The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu psc calls on residents to continue to be law abiding, especially during this lockdown period. He warns against spreading fake news and recycling old videos on social media with new captions that suggest that the incidents happened during the lockdown period in Lagos, mainly to create panic.

“The command is investigating sources of such mischievous messages with a view of bringing the perpetrators to justice. Stop the spread and keep safe. Together we can stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Photo: Drivers of the commercial buses intercepted.

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