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Cross overnight services in Lagos: We did not say defaulters will pay N20,000 – N500,000, says Omotoso

The Lagos state government has said, though it asked churches to comply with the federal government curfew order restricting movement from 12 am to 4 am daily but did not say defaulters will be made to pay between N20,000 – N500,000 as reported in a section of the media.

Refuting the claim of asking defaulting churches to pay fine, the state commissioner for information and strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso said the report is ‘inaccurate and misleading’.

He said, “The attention of the Lagos State Government has been drawn to an online news item quoting the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, as saying fines ranging between N20,000 and N500,000 will be imposed on violators of the Federal Government curfew on December 31, 2020. This is inaccurate and misleading.”

The commissioner said the government message is a call for compliance to COVID-19 protocols by religious leaders to enable the state win fight against the second wave of the virus.

He said, “The government is advising residents to comply with COVID-19 protocols because the cases are rising. The role of religious organisations in fighting the pandemic is well noted.”

Read the full statement below.

RE: LAGOS VOWS TO ENFORCE 12A.M TO 4A.M CURFEW

The attention of the Lagos State Government has been drawn to an online news item quoting the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, as saying fines ranging between N20,000 and N500,000 will be imposed on violators of the Federal Government curfew on December 31, 2020. This is inaccurate and misleading.

The government is advising residents to comply with COVID-19 protocols because the cases are rising. The role of religious organisations in fighting the pandemic is well noted.

The Christian Association of Nigeria has issued a statement on how Churches should conduct their watchnight services.

The Sanwo-Olu administration has maintained a harmonious relationship with religious organisations and has confidence in the ability of its leaders to ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols amid the clamour for crossover services.

Compliments of the Season.

Gbenga Omotoso

Commissioner for Information and Strategy

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