The Lagos State Police Command has relocated some checkpoints to more specious and conducive locations in the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Bala Elkana, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.
He explained that this followed the visit of the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, and other senior police officers to different police checkpoints on Monday to monitor compliance with the curfew order.
Elkana noted that the team noticed that some essential service workers were trapped in the gridlock due to thorough checks, especially on trucks likely to have large number of persons concealed for inter-state travels.
According to him, the new locations have U-turns very close to easily turn back vehicles that are not on essential duties and paving way for essential service workers to easily move.
The command’s spokesman added that the team also moved round on Tuesday to monitor the situation, saying the police commissioner commended the level of compliance with the curfew order by residents.
In a related development, he said the Commissioners of Police in Lagos and Ogun States visited some checkpoints in boundary communities, to replicate the measures adopted for easy movements of essential service workers.
Elkana stressed that security was tightened around the boundary communities to prevent non-essential inter-state movements.
Part of the statement read,
According to Presidential guidelines issued, essential service workers include hospitals and all related medical establishments as well as organizations in health care-related manufacturing and distribution.
Commercial establishments such as: (a) food processing, distribution and retail companies; (b) petroleum distribution and retail entities; (c) power generation, transmission and distribution companies; and (d) private security companies are also exempted. Although these establishments are exempted, access will be restricted and monitored.
Workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters, print and electronic media staff who can prove they are unable to work from home are also exempted.