COVID-19: Lagos govt affirms continuation of lockdown, hints on date for lifting order

Lagos State Government has refuted speculations that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has relaxed the COVID-19 lockdown in the state.

The Lagos State Chapter of the Cherubim & Seraphim had called on the government to allow Christians and Muslims carry out their spiritual responsibilities to God this weekend.

But the Commissioner for Information in Lagos, Gbenga Omotoso, told journalists on Thursday that there was no plan to lift the order.

He noted that it was only President Muhammadu Buhari who initiated the lockdown that would decide.

“There’s a rumor going around that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has relaxed the lockdown in the state.

“In the first place, the lockdown is not a device of the state, it’s a directive of the federal government.

”It was announced by the President himself, so if it’s going to be relaxed it will be the Federal Government that will announce to either relax it or extend it.

”Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has not relaxed any lockdown and we implore you all to continue to be responsive and abide by the rules.”

The commissioner added that experts have told the government that the lockdown was the only way to fight coronavirus.

Lagos withdraws charges against Naira Marley, Gbadamosi

The Lagos State Government has withdrawn charges against a musician, Azeez Fashola, alias Naira Marley, and a politician, Babatunde Gbadamosi.
Naira Marley, Gbadamosi and his wife were charged before the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Ogba for attending a crowded birthday party in violation of the government’s social distancing directive to check the spread of coronavirus.
They were scheduled for arraignment on Wednesday, The PUNCH reports.
But the government, according to one of the defence counsel, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), withdrew the four counts filed against the three defendants.
It was Reported earlie that policemen barred journalists from the court premises.
At the end of the proceedings, Adegboruwa briefed journalists on what transpired in the courtroom.
He said the state withdrew the charges on the condition that the defendants would tender an apology to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.