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Curfew: IG Orders Arrest of Medical Workers, Journalists, Other Essential Workers

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu

In a display of over-zealousness, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu has overridden President Muhammadu Buhari’s order that those on essential duties, such as medical workers and journalists are exempted from the nationwide curfew to battle COVID-19.

The nationwide curfew begins from 8.00pm to 6.00am for the next two weeks.

Adamu, it was gathered has ordered all Commissioners of Police to strictly enforce the order and arrest all essential workers, such as medical doctors, nurses and journalists found moving as from 8.00pm.

The IGP said the curfew affected everybody, including journalists and doctors and had ordered their arrest.

Having gotten the order from the IGP, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu made it clear that journalists, doctors and other essential workers must cease from movement from 8.00pm, ordering his men to descend on them and arrest them.

Police officers at checkpoints, who usually allowed pressmen to go home from work with trepidation have now been emboldened as they joyously arrest journalists and impounded their vehicles.

Such was the case on Tuesday evening when the Crime Correspondent of TVC News, Ivy Kanu and others were arrested and detained at the Alausa Police Station by the police.

A Police officer who led the team in Alausa, said she was acting on strict orders from above.

Health workers and Journalists with Identification cards were all detained and their cars impounded by the officers.

This story is the same across the state, as Health workers have called TVC News to confirm if the directives by the President has changed.

The arrest is an outright disregard of President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that those on essential duties are free to move.

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