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Coronavirus: Police warn three pastors for non-compliance, seal eight churches

Coronavirus: Police warn three pastors for non-compliance, seal eight churches

Three pastors were on Sunday arrested, warned and released for refusing to adhere to the directive on social distancing as a preventive measure against Coronavirus, The Nation learnt Monday.

Also, eight churches, night clubs, six events centres and 15 schools were sealed by operatives of the Lagos State Police Command for flaunting the directive issued by the state government.

It was gathered that the affected clubs were mostly located at Victoria Island, Ikoyi, Lekki, Festac Town and Ikeja areas of the state who ran their businesses as usual in disregard to the order that social gatherings should not exceed 50.

The Nation learnt that the 15 schools were shut down Monday after they flaunted the directive and opened up their premises for children to be accommodated.

Some of the schools located in Agege and Ketu were alleged to have sent messages to parents and pupils asking them to come in mufti which some of the parents reported to security agencies.

Confirming the arrest and release of the pastors, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Mohammed Ali said the aim was not to detain them but to make them understand they were jeopardising public health safety.


Ali noted that even at the command, the weekly prayers at the mosque did not hold because they understood the importance of respecting directives.

Confirming the sealing of churches, clubs and schools, police spokesman Bala Elkana said the exercise would continue as long as the directive remains, urging residents to be law abiding.

He explained that the earlier people complied with the social distancing order, the faster the disease would be combated and life returned to normal.
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