The Lagos State Police Command has warned residents to guarantee correct use of face masks or face arrest.
The command stated it has observed that almost all residents have both jettisoned the directive or now place the masks beneath their chins as ornament.
Commissioner of Police (CP) Hakeem Odumosu, in a chat with The Nation on Tuesday, urged Lagosians to personal the battle towards additional unfold of COVID-19 in the state.
According to Odumosu, the police and different regulation enforcement companies have the mandate of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to arrest and prosecute violators of COVID-19 prevention protocols, including that there might be no sacred cows in safeguarding public security.
Already, Odumosu stated the command arrested 3,802 individuals between April and June for not carrying face masks, including that each one the suspects have been charged to courtroom and sentenced accordingly.
He stated: “We have been imposing the regulation. We have arrested 3,802 folks for not utilizing face masks and 12,900 suspects have been held for flouting numerous COVID-19 pointers because the graduation of the lockdown in April. They have been all charged to courtroom.
“But we’re going to be stricter now as a result of we’ve got observed that some folks don’t put on in any respect whereas others cling it on their chins. That isn’t the aim for the directive.
“The face masks have to be correctly worn to cowl the mouth and nostril. That is the way it will serve its goal. Our folks should know that the coverage is for his or her security and that of society.
“For emphasis, we’ll arrest those that put the face masks on their chins and in addition arrest these not carrying it.”
Checks throughout Amuwo Odofin, Isolo, Egbe Idimu and Oshodi areas of the state confirmed that almost all residents have been nonchalant in regards to the use of face masks and social distancing.
Our reporter, who went spherical these areas yesterday morning, noticed that solely business motorists largely had face masks on although a higher quantity of them hung them on their chins.
It was gathered that the drivers have been compelled by their unions to have the face masks useful and in addition guarantee their passengers have them to forestall arrest.
People have been seen having discussions in clusters and at bus stops with out carrying face masks and in full disregard for the social distancing directive.
At Oke-Afa, it was noticed that over eight non-compliant folks encircled a lady roasting corn with some of them taking turns to contact the staples.
Also, the black market overseas trade operators in Okota have been beckoning on potential purchasers with out observing the protocols.
Most site visitors hawkers from Okota Round About up to Apple Junction in Amuwo Odofin didn’t additionally adjust to the directive as they claimed that carrying the masks makes respiratory troublesome.
A fruit vendor, who approached our reporter to market his ware, stated: “I’m not utilizing it as a result of it’s exhausting to put on. The few instances I attempted it, I couldn’t breathe. I’ve not worn face masks for over a month now and I do not need the illness. Do I look sick?”
The state of affairs was not completely different in Ajao Estate as most store house owners and their prospects have been seen neither placing on face masks or observing social distancing.