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Lagos police begins enforcement on closure of markets

Joy Anyim

The Lagos Commissioner Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance on the closure of markets in the state, as directed by the Lagos State Government to curtail the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).  

Odumosu who led an enforcement team round Lagos on Thursday, to monitor compliance, also visited essential service providers, who were not affected by the order to close, to ascertain the level  of compliance with the ban on gatherings above 25 persons. 

According to Odumosu, the directives which was issued on Tuesday March 24, took effect on Thursday March 26, 2020. 

He said: “ We visited eateries, financial Institutions, telecommunications outlets, markets dealing in essential commodities and markets dealing in non-essential commodities within the mainland and Island. Markets dealing in food stuffs, medicines, medical equipment and other life saving products were seen carrying out their businesses unhindered. 

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“All other markets were completely closed by the operators in obedience to the State Government directives. Some businesses placed notice on their entrances informing their esteemed customers of the closure. 

“Customers of various financial institutions, telecommunication companies and businesses not affected by the closure order were seen observing the guidelines regarding social distancing and spacing, thereby avoiding body contacts. Customers in Eateries visited were seen using take away services and not having more that 25 persons at a time. ”

The Commissioner of Police who also had a stop over at various bus stops, noticed  passengers sitting side by side in buses without recourse to social distancing guidelines. 

It was gathered that Odumosu ordered and advised motorists to put two passengers per row instead of the usual four, in other to avoid body contacts. 

He further used the medium to appreciate the good people of Lagos State for their patriotism in obeying the safety regulations put in place by government, saying, “ Together we will stop the spread of COVID-19.

For information or complaints regarding non compliance call the following numbers 09010512285, 09010512286, 09010512287 and 09010512288.”