Covid-19 lockdown: Lagos govt gets pat on the back for prosecuting violators

By Hassan Zaggi

Lagos State Government has been commended for prosecuting and convicting ‘notable violators’ of lockdown order in the state.

The Secretary to the Government of Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, gave the commendation at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) media briefing in Lagos, Tuesday.

“Reports have been received on the general level of satisfactory compliance in Lagos with the lockdown order and we have similarly received reports of violations.

“In this case, I commend the instant action taken by the Lagos State Government by prosecuting and convicting notable violators, which shows that nobody should be above the law,” the SGF said.

It would be recalled that Chief Magistrate Court 1 Ogba, Lagos, on Monday sentenced Funke Akindele Bello and her husband, Abdul Rasheed Bello, to 14 days community service, three hours per day excluding Saturday and Sunday.

Apart from a fine of 100,000 naira each, the duo, according to the court, “shall visit 10 important public places within Lagos State to educate the public on the consequences of non compliance with the restriction order; and they must submit the names and phone numbers of every person who attended the party.”

The duo were charged to court by the Lagos state government for violating Covid-19 restriction order in in the state.

The SGF further revealed that: “In recognition of the impact of the lockdown order on the poor, physically challenged, the elderly and the vulnerable, Mr. President approved the release of 70,000 metric tons of grains from the strategic grains reserve.

“Out of this, about 6,800 will be distributed in Lagos, Ogun and FCT while the rest will be distributed to the 13 frontline states that have recorded cases of the COVID-19 disease.

“I assure you that the distribution of the Lagos state share will commence shortly.

“Mr. President has similarly approved the payment of 2 months Conditional Cash Transfer to 2.6 million poor and vulnerable already registered in the social safety net program.”

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