CP redeploys DPO, others for aiding COVID-19 violators, 113 arrested


Published March 9, 2021

Deji Lambo
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police , Hakeem Odumosu , has redeployed the Divisional Police Officer , Ajao Estate Division , and other senior police officers attached to the division for allowing clubbing at the Garbana Club in the area .
The state Police Public Relations Officer , Muyiwa Adejobi , said in a statement on Monday that Odumosu warned DPOs against encouraging the violation of COVID -19 protocols in the state , adding that he would monitor compliance in the various police divisions .
Adejobi stated , “ The DPO, Ajao Estate Division , and his senior officers in the division have been redeployed to a yet -to- be disclosed offices in the state for allowing night clubbing at the Garbana Club on Sunday , March 7 , 2021 .
“ The state Commissioner of Police made the pronouncement while addressing officers, Area Commanders and DPOs at the POWA Hall, Oduduwa , Ikeja , on Monday , March 8 , 2021 . Earlier , the CP , Hakeem Odumosu , had warned Area Commanders and DPOs to enforce COVID – 19 protocols in their areas and that on no account should any of them allow gross violation of the protocols , but many violate these protocols with impunity .”
Meanwhile, no fewer than 113 persons were arrested by men of the command for violating COVID -19 protocols during a raid on the Garbana Club in Ajao Estate and the DNA Club on Victoria Island on Sunday .
Adejobi stated that Odumosu vowed to go after club owners and their landlords , who contravene town planning approvals of the state by converting their properties meant for other purposes to nightclubs .
He said, “ The CP , on Monday , March 8 , 2021 , paraded 113 violators of COVID – 19 protocols at the command headquarters in Ikeja . The violators were arrested on Sunday , March 7 , 2021 , at the Garbana Club , Ajao Estate , and the DNA Club , Victoria Island , Lagos , by police operatives of the command, including the Lagos State Task Force led by the Commander , CSP Sola Jejeloye .
“ The CP , while parading the suspects , vowed to go after club owners and their landlords , who contravene town planning approvals of the state by converting their properties meant for other purposes to nightclubs . He emphasised the need to make them scapegoats so as to serve as a deterrent to others . ” ,,

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