Coronavirus: Police ban overcrowding in buses, bus-stops, markets


The police in Lagos on Saturday banned over rising in buses, bus-stops, markets and other public places, in line with the state government’s directive towards containing the spread of the dreaded novel Coronavirus.

The ban was rolled out by the Commissioner of Police, Me. Hakeem Odumosu, in a statement by the command’s spokesman, DSP Bala Elkanah.

He said the police had begun enforcing the state government’s ban on gatherings of more than 50 persons at weddings, parties, churches, mosques, clubs and other public places.

The statement reads: “Lagos State Police Command wishes to inform the General Public that the Command in compliance with the guidelines and directives issued by both the Federal Government and Lagos State Government on prevention of the spread of Corona virus popularly known as Covid 19 which the World Health Organisation has declared as a pandemic, has embarked on massive enforcement of the ban order.

2. To that effect, the Command has deployed adequate resources across the State to ensure that the orders are fully obeyed. The order imposed bans on social gatherings such as, wedding ceremonies, naming ceremonies, burial ceremonies, parties, clubs and religion gatherings of people more than 50. Commercial vehicles carrying passengers above capacity (overloading) are also part of this order.

Members of the public are encouraged to avoid overcrowding themselves at bus stops, market places, business places and scenes of incidents.

3. The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu psc called on the good people of Lagos State to obey the safety regulations put in place for the benefit of everyone. We must be alive and healthy before socio economic activities will be effective.

4. The Command has rolled out its medical team to market places for awareness creation and Police detention facilities to safeguard the safety of suspects. The Commissioner of Police has ordered the immediate release of suspects arrested for minor offences as part of preventive measures. Together we can prevent the spread of Covid 19.

5. For information or complaints regarding covid 19 called the following toll free number 080097000010 or text Coronavirus to 24453.”