Thursday, 9 April 2020

Social Distance Violation; Two Hundred & Two Arrested In Lagos, Charged To Court: Olusegun Ariyo







The Lagos state police command said it has arrested two hundred and  two Lagos inhabitants for violating social distance restriction order of federal and Lagos state government that was put in place as a result of the deadly pandemic that is said to have killed more than five thousand people all over the world.

Recall that the order was handed down by president mohammadu Buhari as part of measures to stem the various from affecting Nigerians with the understanding of minimizing it to a certain degree of efficiency.


The president handed down this directive in his broadcast to the nation on the 29th of March 2020 where he directed that Abuja Ogun and Lagos state will be on lockdown for fourteen days in order to minimize unforeseen causalities to an understandable minimum. 

But the restriction order is said to be violated in  some locations in Lagos where the law enforcement agency to arrest  about two hundred and two Lagos inhabitants in a group exercise.

In a statement made available to urban express news online through the Lagos state police public relation officer Dsp Bala Elkana said; the suspects have violated the social distance directive of Lagos state contrary to regulation 8 (1) a and (b) and 17 (1) of Lagos state infectious disease (Emergency prevention) regulation 2020 adding that it’s punishable under section 58 public health law cap p 16 laws of Lagos state, 2015.

Elkana said the violators were arrested playing football on Major Street and having group exercise in large numbers which neglected the principle of social distance.

He said among the suspects charged, one hundred and eighty-nine pleaded guilty  to the charge while 13 pleaded guilty not guilty, adding that at the end of the trial, the suspects were found guilty as charged and ordered to pay ten thousand Naira each as fines.

They are also sentenced to two hours of community service, which was supervised by officials of social welfare.

“Those inhabitants were arrested along iju, sabo, Ikeja, itire, ikotun, ogudu, Akinpelu, Maroko, Alapere, Anthony, Orile, Owode Onirin, and ilemba Hausa habitats”

He said the suspects are within the ages of 15 and 42.

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