Coronavirus lockdown: IGP warns essential workers against misuse of privileges

Coronavirus lockdown: IGP warns essential workers against misuse of privileges

- The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, said the Nigeria Police recognise the frontline role being played by essential workers as Nigeria battles Covid-19

- Adamu clarified that all essential workers remain exempt from the movement restriction orders as well as the national curfew put in place to contain the spread of the virus

- The police chief, however, warned the essential workers against the misuse of their privileges

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The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has urged all essential workers in the country not to take undue advantage of their positions and privileges to violate the movement restrictions put in place to contain Covid-19 spread.

Adamu said the Nigeria police is not oblivious of the sensitive and important role of the essential workers particularly as it relates to efforts to curtail and contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This is contained in a statement made available to Legit.ng by police spokesperson DCP Frank Mba on Wednesday, May 20.

Coronavirus lockdown: IGP warns essential workers against misuse of privileges

Coronavirus lockdown: IGP warns essential workers against misuse of privileges
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The police chief clarified that all essential workers including medical personnel, ambulance service providers, journalists, fire-fighters, etc remain exempted from the movement restriction orders as well as the national curfew.

Adamu has also directed Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) and State Command Commissioners of Police to give maximum effect to the orders and extend due courtesies to essential service providers.

He also ordered the AIGs and CPs to ensure that personnel deployed for the enforcement duties respect the fundamental rights of the citizens.

"Meanwhile, the IGP enjoins all workers who fall within these categories not to take undue advantage of their positions and privileges to advance other purposes not connected with the performance of their duties within the stated period," the statement concludes.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the leadership of the Lagos chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) ordered its members to embark on a sit-at-home strike starting from Wednesday, May 20.

The directive, which took effect from 6pm on Wednesday was given by the chapter's chairman, Saliu Oseni.

In a statement, Oseni said that this decision came due to the conflicting directives on the implementation of the lockdown and restriction of movement given by the state government and the police.

The statement reads: “The Lagos state branch of the NMA has resolved that it is presently unsafe for its members to continue to provide healthcare services under the present confused arrangement.

“We resolve that all doctors under the auspices of the Nigerian Medical Association in Lagos to proceed on a sit-at-home starting from 6.00 p.m today, May 20, indefinitely.

“Until such time when the state government and the commissioner of police, are clear on how they wish to operationalize the lockdown/restriction of movement directive as it relates to essential service and service providers, including healthcare services and doctors.”

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