Lagos CP deploys DPO for allowing clubbing in jurisdiction

Written by Akinmade

Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu of the Lagos Police Command has announced the immediately deployment of the Divisional Police Officers (DPO) Ajao Estate, Isolo, and senior officers of the division for allowing night clubbing and violation of other COVID-19 protocols in the area.

Odumosu gave the order at a meeting he held with all DPOs and Area Commanders at the POWA Hall, Oduduwa, Ikeja.

Also, he ordered all Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) in the state to stop allowing nightclubs to operate in their jurisdiction or face the consequences.

Odumosu at a media briefing said operatives of the Command at the wee hours of Sunday arrested 113 suspects in two Lagos nightclubs for allegedly breaching the COVID-19 protocols.

Some of the arrests were made at Garbana Nightclub in Ajao Estate, a club that had earlier been sealed off for violating all laid down procedures to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

“We got information early on Sunday about clubbers and operatives were deployed to the premises. In one of the nightclubs, despite that the place has been sealed earlier, the owners removed the seal and continued their unlawful business. Then, at the other place, some of the clubbers jumped to the ceiling to hide to avoid being arrested. So many of them were in the ceiling and when it was no longer comfortable for them, some jumped down. Two of those who jumped fell into another compound and sustained injuries,” he said.

Odumosu said some nightclub owners are flagrantly flouting the Covid-19 protocols and canvased for stiffer punishment against such persons. He also warned landlords to desist from leasing their properties meant for other purposes to nightclub owners, noting that such action was in breach of the Physical Planning Law of the state.

He appealed to parents to caution their children against nightclubbing during this period, noting that more youths were contracting the virus because of disobedience to laid down rules.

“It is disturbing that young people are not ready to respect the law. This is why more youths have the virus. It is very difficult to maintain social distance inside a nightclub. They sweat because of dancing and then the loud music will not allow people have conversations without close contacts.

The Police Commissioner stated that all the arrested suspects would be charged to the court for the Magistrate to decide their fate.

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