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Cross-Over Service Should End By 11 pm, Lagos State Warns

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By Babajide Okeowo

The Lagos State Government, on Wednesday, has warned Lagosian to avoid physical crossover services and large gatherings on December 31, 2020.

This is even as the state government advised that all churches in the state should heed the advisory from the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN that the churches should close very early by 11 pm and they can join virtually into the New Year.

These developments, the Lagos State government indicated is to curb the spread of coronavirus amid the second wave of the pandemic.

“If you flout any of these rules, you can be fined. You will be taken to court and the magistrate will decide on the sanction. It depends on the magistrate’s discretion.

But it is not just about punishing people. People are being advised to take responsibility. The regulations were rolled out as an advisory and people have been obeying while people who have disobeyed have faced the consequences” the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, stated in an earlier interview.

It said Lagosians who violate the 12 am to 4 am curfew imposed by the Federal Government and other protocols could be fined when caught.

Furthermore, the Director-General of the Lagos State Safety Commission, Lanre Mojola, said the commission would be working with men of the Lagos State Police Command to enforce all restrictions announced by the government, especially during the New Year period.

“We are not waiting until Thursday. There is an ‘Operation No Tolerance’ and we have had a meeting with the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Task Force and Governor’s Monitoring Team. We will start patrolling tonight and the patrol will be two-ways – we will start warning people to observe the curfew and after the curfew, we will then start clampdown.

“For the churches, Mr. Governor has made it very clear that there should be no crossover services. There is already an advisory from CAN that the churches should close very early by 11 pm and they can join virtually into the New Year.

Enforcement is going to be on another level this period. We are working very seriously with the police on this,” he said.

Omotosho, however, expressed optimism that religious leaders in the state would comply with the directive of the government on the crossover services.

“With what we have been seeing, I don’t think churches will flout the protocols. CAN (Christian Association of Nigeria) is in agreement with the government. COVID cases are going up and everybody is worried. Some of the giant churches have also announced that they won’t be holding physical crossover services.

The Lagos State Government has also told them that there is a curfew by midnight to 4 am imposed by the Federal Government. Many of the churches have been adjusting their programmes. Churches are well-organised and we believe they will comply” he added.

Recall that Lagos, which is one of the epicentres of coronavirus management in Nigeria, has recorded over 26,000 infections and more than 200 associated deaths since the outbreak of the virus in the country.

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