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Lagos To Fine Violators Of Crossover Service Restriction N500,000



Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government has announced that violators of crossover service restriction in the state will be fined the sum of N500,000.

Recall the state government imposed a 12am to 4am curfew to contain the spread of coronavirus amid the second wave of ths pandemic.

Gbenga Omotoso, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, in an interview with The Punch on Wednesday, stressed that all churches in the state must respect the curfew in place and avoid physical crossover services and large gatherings on December 31, 2020.

 “If you disregard any of these rules, you can be fined. You will be taken to court and the magistrate will decide on the sanction. The fine can be between N20,000 and N500,000. It depends on the magistrate’s discretion,” said Omotoso.

“But it is not just about punishing people. People are being advised to take responsibility. The regulations were rolled out as an advisory and people have been obeying while people who have disobeyed have faced the consequences.”

The Commissioner however, expressed optimism that religious leaders in the state would comply with the directive of the government on the crossover services.

“With what we have been seeing, I don’t think churches will flout the protocols. CAN (Christian Association of Nigeria) agrees with the government. Covid cases are going up, and everybody is worried. Some of the big churches have also announced that they won’t be holding physical crossover services,” he said.

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