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COVID-19 Compliance: 243 Violators Arrested, as Police Raid Night Clubs in Lagos

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The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, on Saturday said two hundred and forty-three violators had been arrested and were paraded for not complying with the COVID-19 guidelines set by the Federal and Lagos State governments.

Speaking at a press briefing in Lagos Odumosu said: “Generally, it has been observed that many Lagosians have disregard for compliance with COVID-19 protocols across the state which has been so worrisome due to the consequences of such lackadaisical attitudes on our health status and the spread of the rampaging pandemic in the Lagos State.

“In continuation of the vow and commitment of the command to enforce COVID-19 orders and protocols, the command has not relented on its oars in making sure that there is total compliance with covid-19 orders with a view to reducing or halting the spread of the pandemic.”

Odumosu noted that on Friday, 8th January 2021, during a night operation, coordinated and commanded by him, the Command pounced on some deviant night clubs where 237 violators were arrested.

The clubs raided included Lounge 38, Bode Thomas, Surulere (85 suspects), and Club Victoria’s, VI, (152 suspects) while six (6) were arrested for violating the Federal Government imposed 12 midnight to 4 am curfew in the state.

Odumosu reiterated his zeal and commitment to due and total enforcement of COVID-19 protocols and orders including the Federal Government 12 pm to 4 am curfew, in Lagos State as police officers and men, with the help of other security agencies, would go after and arrest any violators, no matter how highly placed, and cause them to face the full wrath of the law.

Odumosu warned club owners to comply with the State Government’s directive of immediate and total closure of clubs as they will not only be prosecuted but may have to recommend to the State Government the stringent punishment of confiscation of the C of O of the club.

He also observed that most of the clubhouses were not initially built and approved to be used as clubhouses by Lagos State Government.

“We wish to admonish Lagosians to observe the COVID-19 guidelines and protocols religiously as the pandemic is real, and a global reality which must be collectively tackled. The general public is also urged to be involved and assist the government in the ongoing advocacies to halt the spread of the pandemic in Lagos State and Nigeria at large,” Odumosu noted.

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