Lagos CP Odumosu moves to decongest cells, orders immediate release of suspects detained on minor offences over Coronavirus pandemic

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By Robert AKPAN, Senior Investigator Reporter, Lagos/

AS part measure aimed at fighting the corona-virus pandemic,  the Commissioner of Police Lagos State Police Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu has ordered immediate release of suspects arrested on minor offences. This is even the CP announced that the Police in Lagos were ready to commence enforcement of the social restriction orders by the state and federal government. A statement signed by the Command’s spokesperson, DSP Balla Elkana and obtained by CrimeWorld said the command had also emplaced adequate medical facilities at various Police formations including market places for the purpose of orientation and fight the spread of the deadly disease. The statement reads: “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. 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.  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. 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.”

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