You’ll regret defying lockdown order if caught, LASTMA warns motorists

You’ll regret defying lockdown order if caught, LASTMA warns motorists

- Lagos motorists have been warned against defying lockdown

- The warning was given by the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority

- Meanwhile, the level of compliance in the state by motorists was pretty good, according to LASTMA

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on Thursday, April 2, read the riot acts to motorists to remind them that they are not exempted from the government’s lockdown order.

The authority advised motorists to comply with the government’s directive and desist from any action that could bring regret to them if caught on the road.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Muhammadu Buhari, in a broadcast to the nation on Sunday evening on the coronavirus pandemic, directed cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11 p.m. on Monday.

Buhari, who noted that this restriction would also apply to Ogun due to its close proximity to Lagos state and the high traffic between the two states, said that the step was to stop the spread of the virus.

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Olajide Oduyoye, the general manager of LASTMA, commenting on the directive on Thursday said the level of compliance in the state by motorists was pretty good.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that 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.

In a related development, Legit.ng had reported that Lagos state governor, Babajide 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.

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Legit.ng also 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.

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“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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