Lagos Govt Threatens To Jail Anyone Found Not Wearing Facemask

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Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government has reminded residents that fail to wear a facemask that they risked prosecution and possible jail term.

The state government issued the reminder in a tweet on Tuesday.

“Did you know? Failure to wear a facemask in public or breach of any COVID-19 regulations, you can be prosecuted under the Lagos State Infectious Diseases (Prevention) Regulations or Criminal Laws of Lagos State and upon conviction liable to imprisonment up to one year,” the tweet read.

As Nigeria goes through a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lagos, which is the epicentre in the country, has experienced a spike in daily infection rates.

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The Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu also contracted the virus and is in isolation while receiving treatment.

However, to curb the spread of the virus, the Lagos state government has been on an enforcement drive of its safety protocols across the state, in addition to rolling out some new measures.

The state government had announced an indefinite shutdown of public and private schools in addition to asking civil servants on Grade Level 14 and below to work remotely for the next 14 days.

They also insisted on the shutdown of bars, night clubs, event centres and several other measures, including wearing of facemask, to curb the spread of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist who has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He's an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming.
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