The police in Lagos will henceforth enforce use of face masks and other COVID-19 protocol including the 12 midnight to 4.00 a.m. curfew, the State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu said on Thursday.
Odumosu according to a statement issued by the command has also directed the total closure of event centres, night clubs, bars, lounges.
The development came to light in a statement issued by Police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi titled, ‘Enforce All Covid-19 Protocols, Supervise Your Men For Effectiveness — CP Lagos Orders Area Commanders, DPOs’.
The order came when Odumosu addressed Area Commanders and DPOs at the 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 partly read.
The statement also quoted Odumosu as warning 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 order from the police boss to enforce use of face masks comes in the wake of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic which has seen Lagos State especially affected with the number of new cases in the state.
The police boss, however, urged the public to be law-abiding and supportive of security agencies to ensure safety for all.