COVID-19 lockdown: IGP warns transporters against continued night journeys

COVID-19 lockdown: IGP warns transporters against continued night journeys

- Nigeria's police IG, Mohammed Adamu, has warned members of the transportation sector who travel at night

- Adamu vowed that there will be tough consequences for transporters who defile the lockdown restriction order

- The IGP has directed police commissioners to ensure full implementation of the restriction order

Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), has issued a warning to transporters who are violating the existing restriction order by embarking on night journeys.

The force in a statement by Frank Mba, public relations officer, on Thursday, April 16, said that there would be tough consequences for members of the organized transport sector especially interstate operators who continue to resort to night travels.

According to the IGP, night journeys embarked on by transporters has proven to be counter-productive as it undermines the federal government's tireless efforts in preventing the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Nonetheless, Adamu has directed the commissioners of police to ensure full implementation of the restriction order, especially as it relates to night travel without being unmindful of categories of exempted persons and the fundamental human rights of Nigerians.

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COVID-19 lockdown: IGP warns transporters against continued night journeys
The IGP has warned transporters against continued night journeys.
Source: UGC

The IGP went on to appeal to the leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) and the Public Transport Owners of Nigeria Association to warn their members to obey the restriction order of the federal government.

He warned that any violators will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

PAY ATTENTION: Get the Latest Nigerian News Anywhere 24/7. Spend less on the Internet! previously reported that the inspector-general of police said no sacred cows as the force will go hard on officers caught taking bribes and engaging in abuse of human rights during the lockdown period.

Speaking at the press conference organized by the presidential task force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Tuesday, April 14, the IGP said measures have been put in place to checkmate the excess of officers on duty.

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Adamu urged Nigerians to report human rights abuse by police officers, adding that there is a clear demarcation as regards essential items that can be allowed to move freely during the lockdown.

In other news, the Lagos police command has returned the sum of N40,000 to a motorist who was a victim of police extortion by an errant officer.

Bala Elkana, the spokesperson for the Lagos police command said the commissioner of police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, handed the money to the man on Sunday, April 12.

A police officer, Taloju Martins, is reported to have allegedly extorted the motorist for violating the Lagos state government stay-at-home order to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better

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