- The Lagos state government in line with the order of President Muhammadu Buhari, is taking the lockdown seriously
- Police officials in the state went on a patrol mission on Tuesday, June 16, to ensure compliance to the directive
- The task was carried out by personnel of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS)
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The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) is not leaving any stone unturned in enforcing the federal government ban on public gatherings.
Officials of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) unit of the NPF were seen in the night of Tuesday, June 16, patrolling the streets of Lagos to make sure no one is out within the period of curfew imposed by the state government.
On its official Twitter page, the RRS urged Lagosians to maintain physical distancing as a sure measure to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that soldiers and policemen had reportedly engaged in a bloody battle at Bomadi town in Bomadi local government area of Delta state.
The security men were on patrol to enforce compliance of the lockdown imposed on the state by the governor.
The argument between both parties was over violation of lockdown rules. According to the newspaper, the argument consequently became heated up before turning violent.
As a result of this, a soldier was shot at a close range. This was said to be in retaliation to the shooting of a policeman who was hit in the stomach by the bullet from the soldier’s rifle.
Going further, the paper reports that the injured police officer is identified as Sergeant Chukwudi Osuali. He was said to be in critical condition.
In another post, Legit.ng reported that the NPF said it had arrested two officers who were caught in a video assaulting a woman at the Odo Ori Market, Iwo Osun state over alleged breach of lockdown directive.
The force, in a statement released on Saturday, April 18, described the behaviour of the officers as "unwarranted, unnecessary and unjustifiable."
The police inspector general, Mohammad Adamu, was said to have been angered by the viral video and immediately directed the CP Johnson Kokumo, the commissioner of police in charge of Osun state command where the incident occurred, to get the officers arrested.
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