Covid-19 : Tasksforce arraigns 65 offenders


The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) has arraigned 65 offenders at the Special Offences (Mobile) Court over movement during ‘Covid19 Mid-night Curfew’ on new year’s day in Lagos.

Chairman of the Agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye, disclosed that the 65 offenders were arrested around Lekki, Surulere, and Ikeja during a midnight enforcement operations on new year day as directed by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu.

The Chairman disclosed further that 11 vehicles were also impounded for movement during the midnight curfew.

CSP Jejeloye stated that the Lagos State Government would not hesitate to bring the full weight of the law to bear on any person or organization caught breaching ‘Public Health Regulations and Protocols’ with regards to the COVID19 disease.

According to the Chairman, “if we don’t do these, the surge will continue and with the new strain of COVID19 which is becoming much more difficult to handle than the old strain, the Lagos State Government will continue to insist and encourage Lagosians to please obey all the COVID19 Protocols'”

CSP Jejeloye however urged citizens to always wear face masks at all times, properly wash or sanitize their hands and practice physical distancing in compliance with COVID19 safety guidelines.

Meanwhile, all the 65 arraigned offenders were fined N20,000 each with an additional one hour ‘Community Service’ after they pleaded guilty’ to the one-count charge of breaching the curfew order is contrary to ‘Regulation 15 (3a-d) of the Lagos State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020’

Also, owners of the 11 impounded vehicles were fined N50.000 each by the court

Magistrate Lateef Layeni, Magistrate Shakirat Obasa, and Magistrate Oluwatosin Fagboun of the Lagos State Special Offences (Mobile) Court presided over the matter.

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Philomena  Ngozi Christopher-Oji was born to the family of the late Michael and Cecilia Ojeogwu of Ubulu-Uku, in Aniocha South Local Government Area, Delta State. She had her primary and secondary education in Nwanoli and Ezemu Girls College, in Ubulu-Uku, before she proceeded to the Delta State University, Abraka, where she studied English and Literary Studies.

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