On the twenty seventh of January, 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Coronavirus Well being Pointers Order with far-reaching provisions and restrictions that equally carried punishments for contraventions.
The President, additionally directed the Nigeria Police Drive, Nigeria Safety and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Street Security Corps, Nigeria Immigration Service, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, and different related native authorities, state and Federal governments’ businesses to implement the rules.
The President additionally warned that any officer that failed, uncared for, or refused to implement the provisions of the rules could be subjected to disciplinary actions.
“Any one that, with out cheap trigger, contravenes a path given beneath Components 1 and a pair of of those rules commits an offence. Any one that, with out cheap trigger, obstructs an authorised official from enforcement of those rules commits an offence,” the President stated within the rules.
The rules signed by President Buhari restricted public gatherings in an enclosed place to no more than 50 individuals, whereas additionally making a case for bodily distancing and use of face masks in any respect capabilities requiring giant gatherings.
Previous to this presidential order or rules, the Lagos State Authorities had rolled out its personal set of rules, which included a ban on the opening of bars and nightclubs within the state.
Firstly of the rules, the Lagos State Police Command was all out, raiding bars and nightclubs within the state, in an effort to implement the rules put in place by the state authorities.
One of many outstanding golf equipment raided by the police was the upscale nightclub, Cubana, the place about 172 workers and clubbers have been arrested throughout an evening raid. They have been not too long ago fined over six million Naira.
Additionally, a Director of the Cubana Group, Fairly Mike, was arrested by the Bar Seashore Police Division on Thursday morning, March 4, following the arrest of the workers and clubbers at his Victoria Island primarily based membership.
It will be recalled that the police had on Monday, March 1, vowed to arrest the membership homeowners or anybody who got here ahead to push the reopening of the nightclub because the membership had persistently violated the COVID-19 protocols.
Regardless of the seeming enforcement of the rules and the seriousness connected to it by the police in Lagos, the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic within the nation, a discrete investigation by DAILY POST confirmed that no matter is being performed to implement compliance may be mere beauty and never being wholeheartedly performed.
In a bid to unravel the lacklustre enforcement of the rules as promulgated by each the federal and state authorities, DAILY POST reporter set out on an all evening rendezvous that undoubtedly revealed the hypocrisy within the enforcement of the rules.
Setting out from the Ojodu Berger space of Lagos State, this reporter took a cross metropolis like journey to In the past Palace Street in Okota, beneath Amuwo Odofin Native Authorities Space of Lagos State the place a celebration was hosted.
On the get together held at an upscale lounge, it was noticed that there was no bodily distancing neither was using nostril masks nor overlaying enforced. Visitors mingled with none type of inhibitions as all of them had most enjoyable all the way in which.
From Okota, this reporter took one other lengthy journey to Akowonjo Street, and stopped momentarily at a Evening Membership, probably the greatest in Alimosho Native Authorities Space of the State.
On the membership, it was enterprise as regular, as guys and women, together with girls of simple advantage, jostled for area within the overcrowded clubhouse, with music blaring at prime gear and no safety agent in sight to implement the COVID-19 rules.
One of many patrons who merely recognized himself as Mike, stated the enforcement of COVID-19 rules is a mere fluke. In response to him, the police will solely raid golf equipment that refuse to settle them.
When DAILY POST reporter expressed worry of being arrested by safety brokers, Mike reassured him that nothing of that kind will occur.
“We’re right here nearly each evening! There’s nothing to worry. The police will solely raid golf equipment that don’t settle. This nation and its legal guidelines are about who you understand. The largest lounge in Alimosho has been working all of the whereas as a result of the proprietor is a extremely linked police officer. You don’t count on the police to go to such a spot for a raid. They’ve a membership that’s stays useful. So is that this place additionally. And don’t overlook that the father or mother firm of this membership is a prime Lodge, the place lots of the police bosses within the space patronise free of charge”, Mike stated.
From this membership, DAILY POST reporter superior to a newly established resort, that boasts of the most effective amenities in Alimosho Native Authorities Space of Lagos State.
The resorts, with an adjoining lodge shut by, has little doubt change into the haven of occurring guys and women across the Egbeda space of Alimosho, essentially the most city space of the LG.
With an expansive lounge, which serves as the traditional ingesting space, this reporter ventured into the membership and was astonished along with his discovery.
The membership, an enclosed space that usually mustn’t host greater than a 100 folks, had, on this Friday evening, greater than 400, with patrons jostling for a leg area.
It was additionally found that, although indicators have been positioned on the entrance of the power for face masks and washing of arms, none of that was enforced.
This nighttime expertise little doubt presents the various issues which can be mistaken with Nigeria’s haphazard implementation of the COVID-19 rules and an incredible attestation to the dearth of will to as soon as and for all stem the unfold of the virus within the nation.