Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos State Governor, had on Friday ordered law enforcement agencies to arrest and disperse any large gathering in order to curb the spread of coronavirus in the state.
He gave this order in a live broadcast, following report that several religious bodies defied the order earlier issued by the government and conducted their services, including the Friday Jum’mat congregational prayer.
Sanwo-Olu said that “To protect and save lives, law enforcement agencies, especially the police, have been directed to enforce compliance with the directive against any assemblage of a large number of people at any location.
“You will all agree with me that these times call for us all to act responsibly and abstain from all large outings or gatherings of any kind, be they academic, family, professional, political, religious or social”.
The governor, in a bid to justify his action said that investigations carried out revealed that the disease often spread easily at a large gathering, noting that in South Korea, and Singapore, the disease spread largely through organized religious gatherings.
“We have also, following due consultations, announced the closure of all public and private schools in Lagos State with effect from next Monday, March 23, 2020; and I hereby direct that all Lagos State tertiary institutions shut down immediately,” he added.