Saturday, March 28, 2020

Lagos task force destroys goods of traders defying ban

Policemen attached to the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit are in the eye of the storm after forcibly shutting down shops that defied the state government’s directive.

The operatives in a video are seen destroying goods at a bar and a phone accessory store at an unspecified location in the state.

The state government had directed markets and stores not trading in essentials to shut down to curtail the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

Public gatherings have also been reduced to 25 at most, while policemen and other relevant agencies were charged to enforce the directives. Lagos has recorded 44 cases as of Friday.

In the one-minute viral video, about six armed task force men led by a hooded senior officer disrupted two lock-up shops, selling drinks and phone accessories.

While some of them pulled down crates of bottles at the bar, others destroyed accessories displayed on the door.

The team leader, wearing a vest with the inscription ‘Tango-1, Task Force,’ smashed a glass containing some items at the accessory shop.

In the background, the policemen ordered three men believed to have visited the bar to lie on the floor.