Covid-19: Police Warns Oyo Residents Against Flouting Directives

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The Police Command in Oyo State has warned residents of  the state against violating the  measures put in place by the state government and medical experts aimed at combating Coronavirus pandemic.

The warning is contained in a statement issued by the state Police Public Relations Officers (PPRO), SP Olugbenga Fadeyi,  and made available to newsmen on Thursday in Ibadan.

Fadeyi said that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Shina Olukolu, had observed with dismay, the lackadaisical attitudes of some members of the public.

He said  that despite several warnings some people still continued to treat those  measures with disrespect and low level of compliance

He listed the measures to include: the wearing of facemasks, washing of hands with soaps and running water, and the  lawful proclamation of dusk to dawn curfew from 8p.m. to 5a.m. imposed  by the Oyo State Government on the residents.

“The Commissioner of Police wishes to remind all and sundry that the pandemic is real. It is no respecter of persons, status, age, office or religion.

“It is, therefore, part of our civic responsibilities as citizens to comply with the laws of the land as none of us is bigger than the law. In fact, the law is no respecter of any person.

“Consequently, this medium is for the umpteenth time being utilised to warn  members of the public without exceptions,  except those initially exempted for being on essential  services.

`The Oyo State Police Command will continue an aggressive enforcement of all the measures put in place to combat the spread and defeat the Coronavirus pandemic in Oyo State.

“Hence, the dusk to dawn curfew from 8p.m. to 5a.m., especially, in Oyo State, will be vigorously enforced and all  are, therefore, enjoined to comply in their own interests without waiting for any form of minimum force,’’ Fadeyi said.

He advised the citizens to refrain from seeking undue concessions or influence peddling to seek special favours from the leadership of the security agencies.

Fadeyi said that the reinvigorated enforcement of the measures against the pandemic, particularly, the curfew would commence from Thursday May 28 and urged the citizens to co-operate with the Police to ensure a hitch-free exercise.


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