The Lagos State Police Command on Thursday arrested 202 suspects for violating the stay-at-home directives of the Federal Government.
This was made known in a statement signed by the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana.
According to Elkana, the suspects were between the ages of 15 and 42.
“They arrested along Iju, Sabo, Ikeja, Itire, Ikotun, Ogudu, Akinpelu, Maroko, Alapere, Anthony, Orile, Owode Onirin and Ilemba Hausa areas.
“The suspects were arrested playing football on major streets and having group exercise in large number, which neglect the principles of social distancing.”
Elkana said further that they were arraigned in Lagos State Special Offences (Mobile) Court on one count charge of violating the social distancing directives of Lagos State Government contrary to Regulation 8(1)( a) &(b) and 17(1)(i) of Lagos State Infectious Disease (Emergency prevention) Regulation 2020, an offence punishable under Section 58 Public Health Law Cap P16 Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
“Among the suspects charged, one hundred and eighty nine pleaded guilty to the charge while 13 pleaded not guilty.
“At the end of the trial, the suspects were found guilty as charged and ordered to pay ten thousand naira each as fines.
“They are also sentenced to two hours community service, which was supervised by officials of social welfare,” he said.