COVID-19: Lagos denies N500k fine for churches



Lagos State Government on Wednesday dried threatening to impose N500,000 fines on churches that violate its ban on crossover services.

The denial was issued in a statement.

It reads: “The attention of the Lagos State Government has been drawn to an online news item quoting the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, as saying fines ranging between N20,000 and N500,000 will be imposed on violators of the Federal Government curfew on December 31, 2020. This is inaccurate and misleading.

The government is advising residents to comply with COVID-19 protocols because the cases are rising. The role of religious organisations in fighting the pandemic is well noted.

The Christian Association of Nigeria has issued a statement on how Churches should conduct their watchnight services.

The Sanwo-Olu administration has maintained a harmonious relationship with religious organisations and has confidence in the ability of its leaders to ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols amid the clamour for crossover services.