non-payers in Lagos pay a fine of 20,000 – 500,000 won

non-payers in Lagos pay a fine of 20,000 – 500,000 won

The Lagos state government on Wednesday warned state residents to comply with all restrictive measures introduced by the authorities to contain the spread of the coronavirus during the second wave of the pandemic.

He said Lagosians who violate the federal government’s 12 to 4 a.m. curfew and other protocols will be fined up to $ 500,000 if caught.

The government stressed that all churches in the state must comply with the current curfew and avoid cross-physical services and large gatherings on December 31, 2020.

Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, told PUNCH on Wednesday.

He said: “If you break any of these rules, you can be fined. You will be taken to court and the judge will decide on a sanction. The amount of the fine can range from 20,000 to 500,000 N 500,000. This depends on the discretion of the magistrate.

“But it’s not just about punishing people. People are encouraged to take responsibility. The rules were introduced as a warning and people obeyed and people who disobeyed faced the consequences. “

The Commissioner, however, expressed optimism that religious leaders in the state would abide by the government’s cross-service directive.

Omotoso said, “I don’t think the churches will break the protocols given what we’ve seen. CAN (Christian Association of Nigeria) agrees with the government. Covid cases are on the rise and everyone is concerned. Some of the giant churches have also announced that they will not be holding physical transition services.

“The Lagos state government also informed them that the federal government has imposed a curfew from midnight to 4 am. Many churches have changed their programs. The churches are well organized and we believe they will join. “

In addition, Lagos State Security Commission General Director Lanre Mohola said the commission will work with people from the Lagos State Police Department to enforce all government-announced restrictions, especially around New Years.

Mohola, who also spoke to PUNCH on Wednesday, said the commission would not wait until the night of December 31, 2020 to take action.

“We will not wait until tomorrow (Thursday). There is Operation No Tolerance, and we had a meeting with the Lagos State Environmental and Special Crimes Task Force and the Governor’s Monitoring Team. We will start patrolling tonight and the patrol will be two-way: we will start warning people about the observance of the curfew, and after the curfew, we will begin the acceleration.

“For the churches, the governor made it very clear that there should be no cross services. CAN has already received a notice that churches should close very early, by 11pm, and could practically join the new year.

“During this period, the application will be at a different level. We are working very seriously with the police on this, ”he said.

The CEO also called on well-meaning Lagos to warn of any violations by churches in the state.

“Our people will be on the street, patrolling the streets and these places, and if people find these places, they can always call us and we will send agents there to enforce the protocols,” he said.

Lagos, one of the epicenters of the coronavirus fight in Nigeria, has recorded over 26,000 infections and more than 200 related deaths since the outbreak in the country.

Source: – Punch ng

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