Police arrest 65 for holding party in Lagos amid lockdown
- 65 people have been arrested for holding a party in Lagos amid the lockdown
- The fun-seeking guests aged between 16 to 45 years were arrested at a hotel in the Oko Oba area of the state
- The manager of the hotel was equally arrested and the hotel has been sealed off
The Lagos state joint task force on Wednesday, April 29, stormed a surprise party and arrested 65 fun-seeking guests for violating the lockdown orders and not complying with the social distancing pronouncement of the state.
Bala Elkana, the Lagos police spokesperson, said in a statement that the police were hinted about the illegal gathering and the consumption of hard dru*gs by the party rockers.
He said they were arrested on Wednesday at a hotel in the Oko Oba area of the state.
“The suspects were arrested for holding a birthday party and consuming some substances suspected to be hard/illicit dru*gs.
“Some of the suspects were found in the swimming pool catching fun, in total neglect of the social distancing regulations and the lockdown order,” he said.
He revealed that the suspects are within the range of 16 to 45 years.
“The manager of the hotel was equally arrested and the hotel is sealed off by the relevant agency of the state government.
“Investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be charged to court,” he added.
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Meanwhile, the presidency has ordered that the large number of food trucks that are being delayed at various checkpoints around the country be allowed passage.
Various curfews and lockdown in different states have affected delivery trucks passage compelling the presidential directive.
A statement by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu on Tuesday, April 28, stated that the restrictions of movement as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic do not apply to vehicles transporting essential commodities, such as food.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari eased the lockdown measures imposed on Lagos, Abuja and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja beginning from Saturday, May 2.
The president made this known in a nationwide broadcast to Nigerians on Monday, 27 after the end of a one-month lockdown since Monday, March 30.
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