The Lagos State Police Command says it’s arrested and charged 620 persons, including 39 strippers and revellers at a nightclub, for violating the lockdown directive to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease within the state.
According to the state Police packaging Officer, Bala Elkana, a number of the violators were arrested and jailed for organising a celebration, others were apprehended while travelling to other states.
He stated that seven inter-state commercial buses were impounded and 95 travellers and their drivers, were arrested and charged for defying the government’s lockdown directives, adding that 211 other violators were also apprehended in numerous parts of the state.
Elkana said, “On Tuesday, April 21, 2020, around 8pm, functioning on information, operatives from the Denton station house arrested 95 inter-state travellers at the Bhojson area, Ebute Meta, in seven commercial buses with number plates LG 91 BGT, travelling from 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.
“The buses were impounded; the drivers and passengers were arraigned before a mobile court and sentenced accordingly. additionally, 211 violators of the lockdown order were also arrested in numerous parts of the state and also charged.”
PUNCH Metro gathered that on Thursday, April 23, 2020, men of the Maroko Police Division arrested 10 suspects for organising a celebration at the Lekki Gardens, along the Lekki-Epe Expressway.
Elkana said the suspects were charged and sentenced to 6 months’ imprisonment each, while 121 violators of the lockdown order were also arrested, charged, fined and ordered to try to to community service for 2 hours.
He stated, “On April 23, 2020, around 10.30pm, operatives from the Maroko station house arrested 10 suspects for organising a celebration at the Lekki Gardens. The suspects were arraigned on three counts and located guilty as charged. They were sentenced to 6 months’ imprisonment and community service to run concurrently.
“Similarly, 121 violators of the lockdown order were arrested in numerous parts of the state and charged. They were awarded fines starting from N5,000 to N10,000 and two hours community service.”
Similarly, personnel from the Idimu Division of the command, while functioning on information, arrested 39 suspects for clubbing in a very hotel against the lockdown order of the govt.
The PPRO said the suspects had been charged, adding that the enforcement team of the Rapid Response Squad of the command also arrested the Imam of the Sheik Central Mosque, Suleiman Abubakar, for violating the social distancing regulation when he held a night prayer involving an outsized number of worshippers in a very mosque within the Mile 12 area of the state.
Elkana stated, “On April 24, 2020, around 1.30am, functioning on credible intelligence, operatives from the Idimu station house arrested 39 suspects in a very hotel at Idimu for clubbing and striptease. this can be in total violation of the lockdown order and social distancing regulations.
“Also, on the identical day, around 8.30pm, the enforcement team of the RRS arrested one Suleiman Abubakar, the Imam of the Sheik Central Mosque, Mile 12, for holding evening prayers (Maghrib and Isha) within the mosque with an outsized 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 numerous parts of the state.”
Elkana said the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, urged residents to still be law-abiding, especially during the lockdown period, and cautioned them against spreading fake news and recycling old videos on the social media with new captions that suggest that the incidents happened during the lockdown period in Lagos, mainly to form panic.
“The command is investigating sources of such mischievous messages with a view to bringing the perpetrators to justice. Stop the spread and keep safe. Together we will stop the spread of COVID-19.”