Breaking: Police arrest 202 sit-at-home violators in Lagos

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By Odita Sunday

Operatives of Lagos State Police Command on enforcement of restriction of movements order have arrested 202 suspects for allegedly violating the stay- at-home directive of the government.

The suspects, according to police spokesman, Bala Elkana were arrested playing football on major streets and having group exercise in large number, which neglect the principles of social distancing.

Bala said: “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) and (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 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.
6. For information or complaints regarding non compliance call the following numbers 09010512285, 09010512286, 09010512287 and 09010512288.”

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