By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Public Relations Officer has said residents of the state, have refused to observe social distancing and wearing of face masks as they went about their normal business activities.
CSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Police Public Relations officer, Ogun State Command made these claims in a statement made available to WESTERN POST.
He said Ogun State government had mandated wearing of face masks and social distancing as part of the measures prescribed to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
But defaulters will be sent to isolation centres for 14 days.
Oyeyemi said the state police command had observed with dismay the flagrant disobedience to the government directives which made it compulsory for everybody to always put on face masks when moving around within the state in order to mitigate the spread of the deadly Coronavirus also known as COVID 19.
In its statement, the Command said both commercial vehicles and motorcycles were still in the habit of overloading their vehicles with passengers, thereby disobeying the directive on social/physical distancing, which is capable of jeopardizing the efforts of the government in war against COVID 19 pandemic.
The statement reads: “The Commissioner of police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson hereby appeals to the good people of Ogun State to adhere strictly with these directives as anybody caught moving around without face mask will be apprehended and dealt with in accordance with the law.
“The Command has also directed its personnel across the State to henceforth arrest any vehicle or motorcycle that is caught carrying more than the required passengers, while such vehicles or motorcycles will be impounded, the driver/rider will be prosecuted.
“The Command hereby enjoined all and sundry to cooperate with the government so that we will jointly fight the pandemic to stand still.
“However, the findings revealed that many residents displayed nonchalant attitude towards the directives, as they openly ignored them.
“Many of the banks that opened for business across the state on Monday and Wednesday were besieged by customers, who were crowded at the banks’ premises without observing any social distancing directive.”
Some of the residents who spoke to our reporter said they were unaware of the directive, while others said they were still waiting to receive the face masks which the state government promised to give them.
However, some market women, ‘Okada’ riders, motorists and few individuals can be seen going about their businesses with their face masks on.