- The attack on taskforce in Lagos has been condemned
- Some Muslim worshipers were accused of attacking the taskforce
- Meanwhile, the government says it will not hesitate to prosecute violators of its order
The attack on officials of the Lagos COVID-19 Taskforce by some Muslim worshippers at the Agege Central Mosque has been condemned by the state government.
The condemnation was voiced by Dr. Dolapo Fasawe, general manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) and leader of the Taskforce.
She condemned the attack and described it as barbaric and uncalled for.
The task force is mandated by the state government to monitor and enforce compliance against public gatherings exceeding 25 people.
Going further, she said the state government will not hesitate to sanction violators to serve as a deterrent to others.
She added that the gathering did not comply with the directive of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on public gathering and social distancing, The Nation reports.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has dismissed videos currently circulating on social media of soldiers torturing civilians.
Those who circulated the videos had suggested that the civilians were being punished for violating the presidential directive to stay at home over the coronavirus pandemic.
The DHQ in a statement sent to journalists and signed by the coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche, said the move is a calculated attempt to blackmail the military.
He stated that the videos are misleading and are not related to the present military engagement of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria wishes to state that the videos were old clips of past incidents that took place in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
“The clips are being used by some mischievous elements to tarnish the image of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“Those videos are misleading, as they are not related to the present military engagement of the Armed Forces of Nigeria towards the lockdown on COVID-19,” part of the statement read.
“Members of the public are hereby advised to disregard those videos. It is the handwork of false news propagators. The Armed Forces of Nigeria remains undaunted and would not be distracted,” the statement added.
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Meanwhile, Lagos state governor, Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday, March 31 commended Lagosians for compliance on the first day of the stay-at-home directive.
The governor said the compliance indicates that Lagosians understand the enormity of the coronavirus pandemic.
He reminded residents of the state that the lockdown directive is a strategy to avoid community spread of the virus.
In a related development, an Islamic cleric in Jos, the Plateau state capital, Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingri, has been quizzed by the police for violating the order against social gathering on Friday, March 27.
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