No fewer than 150 passengers in 10 luxurious buses travelling out of Lagos to the North and South East of Nigeria in the night have been arrested by the Police for violating Federal government curfew order.
Also, the affected vehicles which allegedly violated the ban on interstate travelling during the curfew have been impounded by the Lagos Police command, according to source.
The Authoritative source revealed that the passengers were said to be travelling out of Lagos State to various destinations in the Northern and Eastern states of Nigeria.
While pitying the affected passengers whose relatives will still believe that they are in Lagos for business transaction, not knowing that they were at different correction centers in Lagos, the source added, “All the drivers and passengers were arrested, while their buses were impounded”.
Information from the Command headquarters revealed that the 150 violators who were arrested have been arraigned before the Lagos State Special Offences (Mobile) Court where some were bailed out and others who could not afford to pay were sent to prison.
Confirming the story, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana; a Superintendent of Police, added that the State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu has warned commercial vehicle operators and motor parks against violating the order on curfew.
According to him, “Passengers are also warned against non essential interstates travels during the curfew hours.”
It will be recalled that the federal government imposed a nation wide curfew beginning from 10pm to 6am as part of measures to stem the tide of spreading of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though the ban on interstate movement has been lifted, the curfew is still in force.