Lockdown: Sanwo-Olu orders police, others to release seized vehicles

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday directed the state police command and other agencies saddled with traffic control to release all vehicles seized during the recent five-week lockdown of the state.

Speaking in Lagos at a press conference to mark the easing of the lockdown, the governor advised owners of vehicles seized on or before April 14, 2020 to go and collect them from Monday May 4.

He also banned Ramadan prayers and Christian house fellowships.

The governor said manufacturing companies would be allowed to operate between 9am and 6pm, adding that any of them desirous of operating beyond that would have to obtain special permission from the state government and provide dedicated transport to convey their withers from home to their locations.

He urged banks to reopen their branches but advised them to ensure the struct adherence to social distancing and washing of hands.

The governor advised Lagos State civil servants not to resume on Monday.

He stated that only those on Level 15 and above as well as those approved by the accounting officers of their respective MDAs as essential workers would be allowed to resume on Tuesday.

He stated that food markets are to open only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Markets where non-food items are sold would be allowed to operate only in Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Meanwhile, the state police command had on Sunday said in a statement by its spokesman, DSP Bala Elkanah, that it seized 2,092 vehicles, 1535 motorcycles and 369 tricycles during the period.

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It also said it arrested 2310 violators in the same period.

Elkanah said the police would strictly enforce the curfew imposed by President Muhammadu Buhari from 8pm till 6am daily.