Police arrest EndSARS protesters for violating COVID-19 law but ignore APC crowd

Hundreds of members of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos on Friday crowded into a street in Agege for a sensitisation rally, in clear violation of the state’s COVID-19 law.

In a video obtained by Premium Times, top party members of the party, including Mudashiru Obasa, the speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, were in attendance.

The rally held despite the ban on the gathering of more than 50 persons by the Lagos State Infectious Disease law and the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations recently passed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Both regulations require that a physical distance of at least two metres shall be maintained at all times between persons and no gathering of more than 50 persons.

The laws also stipulate that persons will not be allowed in any gathering without the use of facemasks and proper washing of hands.

Despite these provisions, many of the APC party members who attended the sensitisation rally had no face masks on and there was total disregard for physical distancing.

The Lagos State government, had in the past, prosecuted people who violate COVID-19 protocols using the Infectious Disease law, including a popular Nigerian actress, Funke Akindele, who was convicted for violating the law.

During the last protest at the Lekki tollgate, the police arrested and charged 40 people to court for “failing to comply with the Restriction/Prohibition Quarantine Law which prohibits any social gathering to avoid spreading and contracting of Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 5 of the Quarantine Act Q2 Law of Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The police spokesperson in Lagos, Muyiwa Adejobi, said he was not aware of the gathering.

“I will find out and revert,” Mr Adejobi told PREMIUM TIMES on Friday.

Subsequent attempts to reach him throughout the weekend were unsuccessful; he did not respond to phone calls and text messages.

In the video, the crowd at the rally sang in honour of Mr Obasa, who, as Speaker of the House, is the number three man in the Lagos State government.

Despite playing a key role in the passing of the Lagos Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations, 2020, Mr Obasa addressed the crowd, who flagrantly violated COVID-19 protocols.

 

 

– Premium Times

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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