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General News of Tuesday, 12 January 2021


243 coronavirus violators pay N4.8m fine

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu

More than 243 persons have been arrested and convicted for violating the coronavirus protocols in Lagos State.

After they were arraigned by a mobile court on Saturday, they were fined N20,000 each totaling N4,860,000.

The residents were arrested during a raid led by the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, who also arrested some persons for violating the curfew imposed by the Federal Government, The Punch had earlier reported.

Odumosu, while parading the suspects, said the violation of the COVID-19 protocols had serious implications for other residents, adding that the 243 residents would be charged to court.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, later told our correspondent that those arrested had been fined N20,000 each, according to The Punch.

He said, “The 243 persons arrested for violating the COVID-19 protocols in Lagos State were immediately tried in a mobile court presided over by two magistrates. After the trial, the violators were fined N20,000.

“Out of the 243 violators, 234 perfected their bail conditions on the spot, while nine other violators, who could not perfect their bail on the spot, were taken to the task force office in Oshodi, where their bail conditions were perfected.

“The CP also warned that owners of clubs would be fined, so it won’t seem as if we are only after customers.”

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