Lagos Police arrests 202 people for ‘group exercising’ during Lockdown [PHOTO]


The Lagos State Police Command has announced the arrests of 202 People for violating the stay at home directives of the State Government.

Spokesperson of the Lagos command, DSP Bala Elkana, in a statement sent to POLITICS NIGERIA, revealed that the violators have been charged to court.

“On 09/04/2020, Police Officers on enforcement of restriction of movements order arrested 202 suspects for violating the stay at home directives of Government. The suspects were arrested playing football on major streets and having group exercise in large number, which neglects the principles of social distancing.”

“The suspects were arraigned in Lagos State Special Offences (Mobile) Court on one count charge of violating the social distancing directives of Lagos State Government contrary to Regulation 8(1)( a) &(b) and 17(1)(i) of Lagos State Infectious Disease (Emergency prevention) Regulation 2020. It is an offence punishable under Section 58 Public Health Law Cap P16 Laws of Lagos State, 2015.”

“Among the suspects charged, one hundred and eighty-nine pleaded guilty to the charge while 13 pleaded not guilty. 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. The suspects were arrested along Iju, Sabo, Ikeja, Itire, Ikotun, Ogudu, Akinpelu, Maroko, Alapere, Anthony, Orile, Owode Onirin and Ilemba Hausa areas. The suspects are within ages 15 and 42.”

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