LASG Deploys Law Enforcement Team After Social Gatherings, Parties, Others

Lagos State Government has deployed an enforcement team to ensure compliance with the social distance directive which bans social gathering, parties, and clubs in a bid to contain the coronavirus spread in the state.

The deployment came hours after the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced discharge of the Italian coronavirus index case and directed law enforcement agencies to disperse and arrest any large gatherings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the state.

A top government official told The Guild that the team includes officials from Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Safety Commission and Policemen attached to Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Enforcement Agency (Task Force).

The official noted that the enforcement team would be moving across the state to monitor how residents were complying with the new directive targeted towards curbing spread of coronavirus in Lagos.

Recall that Governor Sanwo-Olu had justified the need for the restriction, pointing to how organized religious gatherings help the disease spread in South Korea and Singapore.

He said: “To protect and save lives, law enforcement agencies, especially the Police, have been directed to enforce compliance with the directive against any assemblage of a large number of people at any location.

“You will all agree with me that these times call for us all to act responsibly and abstain from all large outings or gatherings of any kind, be they academic, family, professional, political, religious or social”, the governor added.

The governor, however, cautioned residents against panic-buying of the Chloroquine drug, foodstuff, and other household items.

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