By Mary BASSEY, Senior Investigator Correspondent Lagos/
THE Commissioner of Police Lagos State Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu Monday, seemingly went emotional while admonishing almost 200 young men and women arrested at a Làgos club for defaulting Covid-19 movement restriction. A visibly passionate Odumosu rather than talk tough as was usual when parading suspects however, went tenderly with the suspects staying, “Look at all of you, since Friday you have not taken your bath, you haven’t changed your undies and you’re supposed to be leaders of tomorrow. You will be viewed all over as violators of the law and that is not good enough. The law on movement restriction is on, the covid-19 protocols on social distancing and gatherings is still in force; please obey them to show good example.”
And turning to the newsmen, the police boss said, “They have been arrested for violating the law of the state and the law will have take its course. They will be charged to court and whatever decision the court takes is what we will comply with.”
On the recalcitrance of some club owners to the covid-19 protocols Odumosu said, “The owner of the club, Cubana that was raided was not there he had disappeared when we got there. So also when we arrested fun seekers in Victoria Club, Ajose Adeogun, the owner was no where to be found but when we locked his club and arrested some of his staff, he came out from where he was hiding and was charged to court. It also repeated itself at Club 38 in Surulere, the owner also came out when we shut down the club and he has been charged to court. So, definitely the owner of Cubana would surely surface because we have shut down his club and arrested some of his staff as well. Cubana Club has been raided in the past but it was the one at GRA, Ikeja and it has been sealed off by the Lagos State Safety Commission. It is only clubbing that is totally ban but all other social engagement must get the approval or the Lagos State Safety Commission before engaging. Two weeks ago, I shutdown a wedding reception in Ikeja for violating the stipulated amount of people that was approved by the Lagos State Safety Commission for the wedding. They had the certificate, which they got from the commission quite all right, but it only approved 100 people for outdoor wedding. After doing head count, they were up to 300 people indoor. Clubs are permitted to open as long as they don’t engage in night clubbing because this activity has been totally banned. Others must get approval from the safety Commission before they can be allowed to engage in social activities like selling foodstuffs and drinks. Even with this they must ensure that social distancing, facemask wearing is adhered to as well as keeping in line with the curfew time, which is between 12 midnight and 4.am. Once this protocols are observed they would have no problem with the law.,”rimeWorld magazine online reports that Detectives attached to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Monitoring Team led by its commander, CSP Ngozi Braide, on Morning stormed Cubana night club in Victoria Island and arrested the suspects for violating the covid-19 protocols on movement restriction and gathering.