COVID-19: Relaxation of lockdown in Lagos, risky - Lawyers to FG

COVID-19: Relaxation of lockdown in Lagos, risky - Lawyers to FG

- There are fears that easing the lockdown in Lagos will trigger the spread of coronavirus in the country's commercial capital

- Some lawyers have warned that easing the lockdown in Lagos is not the best decision

- There are concerns that Lagos would record more confirmed cases and even deaths because of its population

Two Lagos-based lawyers, Isaiah Odje and Adebayo Johnson, say the partial easing of lockdown in Lagos, against the spread of novel coronavirus, is risky.

The lawyers spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews on Thursday, April 30 in the mega-city.

Odje said easing the lockdown in Lagos, at this time, was not the best decision, warning that “it is risky and may result in more casualties.’’

COVID-19: Relaxation of lockdown in Lagos, risky - Lawyers to FG

President Buhari relaxed the lockdown in Lagos recently via a nationwide broadcast
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“With the way people will rush out from Monday for work and other engagements, I fear the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases will double in a few days.

“Although Lagos state government has announced that its workers from levels one to 12 should work from home, what of federal and private workers and other individuals?’’ he queried.

According to him, there are people who have this virus unknowingly because it is yet to show any symptoms.

“By the time we mingle with them inside buses, in offices and other places, the virus will keep spreading,’’ he added.

He observed that many Lagos residents have not been complying fully with the stay-at-home order in the last four weeks and that was why the cases kept increasing.

“People move around on the street without observing social distancing; some even play football.

“The restriction order is only obeyed on major highways.

“Though many people are broke, but being broke is better than being infected with a deadly virus; prevention is better than cure,’’ he said.

On his part, Johnson said that the relaxation of the lockdown was dangerous as Lagos would record more confirmed cases and even deaths because of its population.

His words: “It is not safe to ease lockdown at this point in time because Lagos is over-crowded.

“We are at home for over four weeks and cases are increasing, it may get worse when the lockdown is lifted on Monday.’’

He urged Lagos residents to fully comply with the directives of the federal and state government.

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Meanwhile, 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 at a hotel in the Oko Oba area of the state.

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