COVID-19: Police told to enforce wearing of face masks

Police in Ogun State have been directed to enforce the wearing of face masks to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 2, Johnson Babatunde Kokumo, gave this directive on Wednesday during his familiarisation visit to the Ogun police headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta.

While saying COVID-19 is still in existence, Kokumo expressed worry that Ogun residents do not believe the disease still exists.

The AIG said he observed, on entering the state, that only few people wore face masks, saying this was against what the Federal Government said.

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“I observed something while coming in here, I observed that people of Ogun State don’t believe that there is Coronavirus. Out of every 50, if you make a random sample of 50 to 100, hardly could you see two to three people wearing nose masks. There is a need to enforce this, we must enforce it, still respecting the rights of the citizens.

“Of course charity begins at home, I want to advise the management that our policemen here at the headquarters, area commands and divisional headquarters should wear face masks.

“The PCRC, road transport unions and other organizations here please let this be your take home,” he emphasised.

Meanwhile, Kokumo has charged officers and men of the command to continue being professional, to respect the rights of citizens, to work ethically and to shun corruption.

He warned the cops not to involve themselves in civil cases, saying “this is not supposed to be.”