- Lagos state police have seized 13 vehicles
- The vehicles were seized after their owners failed to observe the lockdown imposed on the state
- According to the police, the vehicles were seized in Alapere area of the state
The commander, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), DCP Olatunji Disu, has led a team of police officers to impound 13 vehicles in Alapere area of the metropolis for not complying with the stay-at-home order of the federal government, just as the team dispersed a group of over 150 youths engaged in physical exercise at Ketu area of Lagos.
Speaking on the exercise, DCP Disu stated that the impounded vehicles, which included three cars, seven buses and three 4-Wheel Drive Jeeps, were caught carrying passengers without a valid excuse, thereby violating the directive of the government.
While noting that motorists on essential services and those with a valid reason for being on the road despite the directive were allowed passage, Disu said all the vehicles impounded have since been handed over to Alapere divisional police station for further investigation.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria, the federal government a few days ago imposed a lockdown on Lagos, Abuja and Ogun.
Several state governors have also followed suit, imposing lockdown or other forms of movement restrictions to contain the global pandemic.
In a new law in Lagos state, violators of lockdown and social distancing directives face one month in jail, N100,000 fine or both or community service for some number of days.
In Osun state, Gboyega Oyetola on Thursday, April 2, signed the Osun Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020, into law.
Anyone who is found guilty of violating the law is liable to six-month imprisonment with the option of a fine.
But what exactly do Nigerians want the federal and state governments to do to violators of the lockdown directives in their states?
A poll conducted by Legit.ng on social media, Facebook and Twitter, gives an insight into this question.
On Facebook, Nigerians were asked what they think the government should do to anyone caught disobeying the lockdown order.
At the time of filing this report, over 4,000 Nigerians have participated in the poll. Fifty-eight (58) per cent of the respondents want the government to leave the violators alone while 42% want the government to arrest and jail them.
The poll result is different on Twitter where about 500 Nigerians participated.
Unlike the Facebook poll, a larger percentage, 53%, of the Twitter respondents want offenders of the lockdown order to be arrested and jailed while 30% want them to be left alone.
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