Coronavirus: IGP condemns vandalism by officers during crackdown

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Rapper Michael Stephens, known professionally as Ruggedman, posted a video on Thursday, March 26, 2020, showing police officers vandalizing a store in the state of Lagos.

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The artist condemned the vandalism displayed by the police, noting especially that they could simply close the store.

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The crackdown that took place in the video is believed to have been an attempt to close the store as part of harsh measures introduced by the state government to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu ordered earlier this week that all open markets and stores, except sellers of food, medicine, medical equipment and other life-saving essentials, be closed for seven days.

However, the state government was later forced to clarify that this does not mean that the state is under arrest, as the public erroneously believed.

"Mr. Governor, who is the Incident Commander, only urged private sector establishments to introduce measures that will support the government's efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19." an official statement read.

In reaction to the video shared by Ruggedman, Adamu condemned & # 39; & # 39; professionalism and haughtiness & # 39; & # 39; of the police.

Addressed the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Odumosu Olusegun, to investigate the incident and initiate disciplinary action against the officers involved.

"The IGP notes that we are now in extraordinary times – a global state of emergency. Police officers involved in executing restraining orders and other law enforcement functions must therefore exercise their discretionary powers with the utmost sense of professionalism, compassion and respect for citizens, " a police statement read.

Lagos has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria, with 44 of the a total of 65. The territory of the federal capital, Abuja, registered 11 cases, followed by Ogun (3), Bauchi (2) and one in Ekiti, Oyo, Edo, Osun and Rivers.

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