As struggling to curb the spread of COVID-19 continues in most Nigerian cities, the Lagos State division of the NPF (Nigeria Police Force) has confirmed that it recently arrested 150 passengers and impounded 10 different luxury buses for violating curfew period.
The buses and passengers were reportedly arrested for embarking on interstate travel during the curfew period which violates the government’s order that restricts vehicular movement during those hours.
The Police in Lagos state says that it has arrested 150 passengers and impounded 10 luxury buses for violating curfew period
The Public Relations officer for the Lagos state police command, Bala Elkana, told the press that security operatives on Saturday 18th of July 2020 intercepted 10 different luxury buses with about 150 passengers headed for destinations in Eastern and Northern parts of Nigeria but leaving Lagos during curfew hours.
Bala Elkana confirmed that all the passengers alongside the drivers were arrested while their buses were also impounded by the security operatives who were specifically in charge of enforcing the government directives. He also revealed that the violators have now been arraigned to the Special Offences (mobile) court in Lagos where they are to face necessary discipline for their actions.
Bala Elkana also told the press that CP Hakeem Odumosu, the Lagos state police commissioner had initially warned all motor parks and commercial automobile operators not to violate the imposed interstate travel restriction during curfew hours. He also mentioned that the CP warned passengers as well not to embark on any non-essential interstate travel during the curfew period.
Meanwhile, people are currently debating how the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed Nigeria’s poor healthcare system. Check out BBC’s press report video below regarding this argument:
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