A video seeing some policemen destroying goods of some shop owners who failed to lock their shops and stay at home as instructed by the Lagos State Government.
The order was in a bid to curtail the spread of the COVID-19. Currently, Nigeria has 65 positive cases with three discharged and one dead.
The number increased to 65 after 14 new cases were confirmed. Out of the positive cases, there were two 2 in FCT, 12 in Lagos. Out of the 14, 6 were detected on a vessel, 3 are returning travellers into Nigeria and one is a close contact of a confirmed case.
This is madness. If these officers are not immediately and severely punished, it means that Lagos is a banana republic.
— Inibehe Effiong (@InibeheEffiong) March 26, 2020
Many have reacted to the video, lambasting that the security agents would have lock up the shops instead of creating more loss for the owners. See some reactions from the Twitter community.
The control measures for #COVID19 are increasingly rife with abuse. Here are @PoliceNG personnel wreaking havoc at a location reportedly in Ikorodu, in the territory of @followlasg. This is clearly disproportionate vandalism done in the name of enforcement. pic.twitter.com/nVmZSNdR6H
— Chidi Odinkalu (@ChidiOdinkalu) March 26, 2020
They should have just shutdown the shop rather than destroy goods. Imagine none of them wear a face mask or hand glove .
— ᴮᴬᴬᴸᴱ’ᴶᴱᴮᵁ (@vilageHead) March 26, 2020
Exactly, you supposedly claim to be enforcing law of stay at home and you are not even wearing any safety gears? Really?@PoliceNG @followlasg @PoliceNG_CRU Police officers should put on face masks and gloves. They are at risk and are putting that risk on other
— Omotade (@Omotadepurdue) March 26, 2020
This is high level wickedness…
— Abareowei Caleb (@CalebAbareowei) March 26, 2020
Useless men that depend on government salaries the don’t knw what it takes to build business .. can’t u jxt lock down de shop Nd go or even arrest the owner for sometime must u spoil what he/she earn a living from … if u keep doing this after the virus be ready to face robbery
— right-four (@classicRighteou) March 26, 2020
I won’t stop tagging you till you acknowledge that you have seen this and give me your word that you would look into it @jidesanwoolu
— Louisbankole (@louisbankole) March 26, 2020
This was what I feared. The police and military may end up causing more harm and even deaths than COVID19 in an ‘effort to battle COVID19’. ??♀️
— Musings Of A Nigerian Mum (@MusingsMum) March 26, 2020
In these hard times when businesses are challenged and millions more nigerians will lose their jobs. This is cruel beyond measure. The IGP must send strong message nationwide for police to do no damage
— iamtheOG (@IamtheOGee) March 26, 2020