New Year eve: Lagos CP orders enforcement of curfew

Hakeem Odumosu

Commissioner of Police in Lagos Hakeem Odumosu has ordered the state’s police personnel to enforce all protocols as highlighted by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

In a statement on Thursday by the police spokesman Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Mr Odumosu also instructed the enforcement of the 12am to 4am curfew as well as ensure the total closure of nightclubs, bars, lounges, event centres, among others.

According to the statement, the police boss gave the order while addressing area commanders and divisional police officers at POWA Hall, Oduduwa, Ikeja.

“The Commissioner of Police reiterated that they must enforce the use of face mask regularly at public places (markets/malls), social distancing, total closure of night clubs, bars, lounges, event centres, no social party, street carnivals, use of infra-red thermometer to check body temperature, sanitisers and enforcement of the imposed curfew between 12 midnight and 4am.

“He further ordered that all Area Commanders and DPOs must ensure such due enforcement in their various offices across the command; noting that COVID-19 is real and we must do everything possible within our reach to halt its spread,” the statement reads.

Odumosu warned police officers in the state against “incivility, drunkenness, excessive or misuse of power, accidental discharge, extortion and other inappropriate behaviours” in the New Year, noting that “anyone found wanting will be heavily sanctioned within the ambit of the law”.

The police boss also urged the general public to be law-abiding, support security agencies for effective policing of the state and stay safe at all times.