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Social gathering reduced to 20 in Lagos as Govt releases suspects arrested over offences

By Bright Olorungbotemi

The Lagos state government has drastically reduced the number of all social gatherings in the state to 20 persons, cancelling its initial order of 50 persons, Voiceairmedia reports.


VAM recalled that the state governor had earlier announced that social gatherings including religious gatherings would not be allowed to hold if there are more than 50 persons.


However, in a publication released by the state Ministry of Information and Strategy, the state government says the approved number for social gatherings has been reduced to 20 persons.


Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu has ordered the immediate release of suspects arrested over minor offences in the state, as part of preventive measures against coronavirus.


This was confirmed in a statement released by the State Police Spokesperson, Elkana Bala today March 21.


The statement reads in full;
       Enforcement of ban on social gatherings, clubs, parties, ceremonies and religion gatherings of more than 50 persons in Lagos State.

Lagos State Police Command wishes to inform the General Public that the Command in compliance with the guidelines and directives issued by both the Federal Government and Lagos State Government on prevention of the spread of Corona virus popularly known as Covid 19 which the World Health Organisation has declared as a pandemic, has embarked on massive enforcement of the ban order.

2. To that effect, the Command has deployed adequate resources across the State to ensure that the orders are fully obeyed. The order imposed bans on social gatherings such as, wedding ceremonies, naming ceremonies, burial ceremonies, parties, clubs and religion gatherings of people more than 50. Commercial vehicles carrying passengers above capacity (overloading) are also part of this order.

Members of the public are encouraged to avoid overcrowding themselves at bus stops, market places, business places and scene of incidents.

3. The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu psc called on the good people of Lagos State to obey the safety regulations put in place for the benefit of everyone. We must be alive and healthy before socio economic activities will be effective.

4. The Command has rolled out its medical team to market places for awareness creation and Police detention facilities to safeguard the safety of suspects.


The Commissioner of Police has ordered the immediate release of suspects arrested for minor offences as part of preventive measures. Together we can prevent the spread of Covid 19.


5. For information or complaints regarding covid 19 called the following toll free number 080097000010 or text Coronavirus to 24453.


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