Thursday, 2 April 2020

Lockdown; FG Soft-pedal, Review Restriction, As Lagos Police Debunk Harassments’ Claim: Olusegun Ariyo

The Federal government of Nigeria has soft-pedalled on its earlier decision on the lockdown it imposed on the federal capital territory, Lagos and Ogun states in its bid to stem the spread of Convid-19
The government, in reviewing its restriction order, issued on Wednesday stated that selling of food would open from 10am to 2pm daily, adding that supermarkets, pharmacies are expected to open from 10am to 4pm daily but not without a clause of maintaining a high level of hygiene.

The news restriction order also sustained its an initial restriction of not allowing a gathering not more than 20 people.
The new guideline also, ban bus services during the lockdown.
The federal government’s new restriction order on Wednesday came just as the Lagos state police command did debunk claims that his personnel did not harass any Doctors or health workers as claimed by the Nigeria Medical Association in Lagos state.
In a statement, the police public relation officer, Dsp Bala Elkana said the command will never restrict the movement of their members as said, stating that the claims are completely false and misleading.
The spokesman said it’s on record that the restriction of movements order that took effect from Monday 30th of March 2020 does not apply to hospitals and all related medical establishment as well as organisation such as food processing, distribution and retail companies, petroleum product, distribution and retail entities, power generation, transmission and distribution companies and private security companies are also exempted.
He said personnel deployed for the enforcement exercise were fully briefed by the commissioner of police, Lagos state, cp Hakeem Odumosu adding that every police division was issued copies of the presidential detectives and extant laws for guidance which among other things, charged the officers to be professional, whilst urging them to carry out their assignments with compassion and respect for the right of citizens.
Elkana said the commissioner of police personally went round to monitor compliance across the state as feedbacks received from its commanders and divisional police officers from the field shows high-level compliance adding that some few cases recorded has to do with some individuals intercepted on the roads who claimed to fall under the categories of persons exempted but turned out to be force.
“Some of them could not provide any means of identification while others who actually belong to the profession mentioned were hiding under the cover to carry out their private businesses”
Elkana continuing, he said an example was a particular medical Doctor serving in another state but on annual leave in Lagos state was intercepted with three  other passengers in his car going on a private mission, adding that a police inspector was also arrested with two passengers in his vehicles going on a private assignment in total violation of the restriction order.
His word “ it is pertinent to state that the  exemption is given to certain categories  of persons  is not absolute, the order states that “although those establishments are exempted, access will be restricted the command  and monitored to ensure that persons who are not on essential duties are restricted, the command insists that apart  from occupational Identity card, there must also, be a document to prove that the person is on duty”
He said on information regarding non-compliance, the public can call the following number 09010512285, 09010512286,09010512287.

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