government of Nigeria has soft-pedalled on its earlier decision on the lockdown it
imposed on the federal capital territory, Lagos and Ogun states in its bid to
stem the spread of Convid-19
The government, in
reviewing its restriction order, issued on Wednesday stated that selling of food
would open from 10am to 2pm daily, adding that supermarkets, pharmacies are
expected to open from 10am to 4pm daily but not without a clause of maintaining
a high level of hygiene.
The news restriction order also
sustained its an initial restriction of not allowing a gathering not more than 20
The new guideline
also, ban bus services during the lockdown.
government’s new restriction order on Wednesday came just as the Lagos
state police command did debunk claims that his personnel did not harass any
Doctors or health workers as claimed by the Nigeria Medical Association in Lagos
In a statement, the
police public relation officer, Dsp Bala Elkana said the command will never
restrict the movement of their members as said, stating that the claims are
completely false and misleading.
The spokesman said
it’s on record that the restriction of movements order that took effect from
Monday 30th of March 2020 does not apply to hospitals and all
related medical establishment as well as organisation such as food processing,
distribution and retail companies, petroleum product, distribution and retail
entities, power generation, transmission and distribution companies and private
security companies are also exempted.
He said personnel
deployed for the enforcement exercise were fully briefed by the commissioner of
police, Lagos state, cp Hakeem Odumosu adding that every police division was
issued copies of the presidential detectives and extant laws for guidance
which among other things, charged the officers to be professional, whilst
urging them to carry out their assignments with compassion and respect for the right of citizens.
Elkana said the
commissioner of police personally went round to monitor compliance across the
state as feedbacks received from its commanders and divisional police officers
from the field shows high-level compliance adding that some few cases recorded
has to do with some individuals intercepted on the roads who claimed to fall
under the categories of persons exempted but turned out to be force.
“Some of them could
not provide any means of identification while others who actually belong to the
profession mentioned were hiding under the cover to carry out their private
Elkana continuing, he
said an example was a particular medical Doctor serving in another state but on
annual leave in Lagos state was intercepted with three other passengers in his car going on a private
mission, adding that a police inspector was also arrested with two passengers
in his vehicles going on a private assignment in total violation of the restriction order.
His word “ it is pertinent
to state that the exemption is given to certain
categories of persons is not absolute, the order states that “although
those establishments are exempted, access will be restricted the command and monitored to ensure that persons who are
not on essential duties are restricted, the command insists that apart from occupational Identity card, there must
also, be a document to prove that the person is on duty”
He said on
information regarding non-compliance, the public can call the following number