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COVID -19 : Drivers flout lockdown order in Lagos

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Commercial buses undertaking intra- and inter-state trips in Lagos have continued to operate in defiance of the federal government’s lockdown and stay at home order.

commercial buses (popularly known as Danfo) are still plying such routes as Ojota-Yaba, CMS-Ajah, and Mile 2-Oshodi among others.

The bus drivers usually drive through streets to evade the checkpoints on major roads. In some cases, they part with a sum of money at police checkpoints to continue their journey.
private vehicles are also part of the scramble for passengers with many of them squeezing as many as seven persons into their cars.

Yusuf Olatunde said “buses or cars most times, carry passengers very early in the morning and late in the evening. They are not many on the road, so they charge us higher prices,”

Ms Onajobi, who claimed to be on a “special security check”, said she saw three police officers conveying passengers from Berger, in Lagos, to Mowe, in Ogun State.

“Law enforcement agents shouldn’t break the laws while several families are locked up without hope for the next meal,” she said in a Tweet.

The police spokesperson in Lagos, Bala Elkana, did not respond to calls for comment or reply text messages.
Ms Onajobi also complained about the low level of COVID-19 awareness in local communities.

“Many people just know they were told to stay at home, they do not know why, they are moving around carelessly,” she said.

She urged the government to make available information about the spread of the virus to local communities, especially people without access to mobile phones or social media.
Source : premium times.
Chris Mamodu.

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