THE CONTAINMENT OF CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC, KWARA STATE POLICE COMMAND.

PRESS RELEASE

28TH MARCH 2020

KWARA STATE POLICE COMMAND MONITORING OF COMPLIANCE TO GOVERNMENT DIRECTIVES WITH RESPECT TO THE CONTAINMENT OF CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC.

Cp Kayode Egbetokun ( Commissioner of Police Kwara State)

Yesterday 27/03/20, the Kwara state police Command commenced the
enforcement of directives issued by the state government to curb the scourge of Covid19.
I observed that compliance level on the first day of enforcement was initially poor in the early hours of the morning but was raised to 70% when the police enforcement teams came out. The situation got better in the afternoon as the level of compliance moved to 90%. A few recalcitrant commercial motorcyclists who were seen defiling the restriction order were responsible for the 10% deficit in compliance.
It was however saddening that the good job we did in the morning and afternoon was messed up with okada riders trooping out as early as 4pm as if the ban on them has been lifted. This must not be allowed to happen today.
Area Commanders, DPOs and all officers leading enforcement teams are to note the following important instructions for strict compliance

  1. Commercial motorcycles seen on the road must be seized and the rider violators be forced to go home on foot. 2. Seized motorcycles are not to be released until the end of the emergency period.
  2. Where neccessary, road block should be established in the evening time to ensure maximum compliance by the incalcitrant okada riders
  3. Shop owners and park violators are to be forced to comply
  4. You are to note that the primary focus of this assignment is not to make arrests but to force compliance. We don’t want to do this by crowding our cells or our stations and putting ourselves and others at risk of what we are preventing.
    7.Officers on this enforcement duty are also to note that the battle against the scourge of Corona virus is a global one. The whole world is concerned about what we are doing here and are watching us. This is a very bad time to be linked with or accused of extortion. You should all remain vigilant and not allow men under you to engage in any untoward act.
    You must therefore effectively take charge of this assignment in your areas.
    Cp Kayode Egbetokun
    Commissioner of Police
    Kwara State.

RE- KWARA POLICE BAN GATHERING OF MORE THAN 10

REJOINDER

24TH MARCH 2020

On 21/03/2020, the Commissioner of police, kwara state police Command, Cp Kayode Egbetokun made an online broadcast to all police officers in the state. In the statement titled “SPECIAL BROADCAST TO ALL POLICE OFFICERS IN KWARA STATE COMMAND” the Commissioner of Police expressed concern about the rate of increase in the number of confirmed cases of Corona Virus in Nigeria and the need for the Command to join the nationwide campaign against the spread of the virus was circulated to all HODs, Area Commanders, Dpos and heads of units in the command.
Regrettably, the Cp’s broadcast to the officers was mistaken as a press release and has been circulating in the social media as press statement released to the public. The instructions issued by the CP in the broadcast were meant for the officers of the Command and not for the public. In particular, the instruction to obtain the permission of the CP before holding a gathering of more than 10 was part of the measures being taken to check human traffic and discourage gathering of any form at the police stations.
The Command has put everything in place to enforce government directives on the containment of the spread of covid19 in Kwara state.
The CPs full statement is hereby reproduced below

SPECIALBROADCAST TO ALL POLICE OFFICERS IN KWARA STATE 21/03/20
As a result of the alarming rate of increase in the number of confirmed cases of the Corona virus in Nigeria, it is imperative that the Kwara state police command join the nationwide campaign against the spread of the deadly virus while ensuring expected service delivery to the people.
All police officers are to observe the personal safety precautions with respect to the Global concern on Covid19. including the following

  1. Do not touch your face or anyone else face without first washing your hands thoroughly.
  2. Maintain social distancing. A distance of at least 1 metre between you and any other person is desirable except in unavoidable circumstances.
  3. Do not share eating utensils, drinking glasses, cups or towel with anyone
    And
  4. Always wash your hands thoroughly. Wash the back of the hands, between the fingers and under the nails with soap and water for at least 20secs or use alcohol based hand sanitizers to sanitize your hands after touching any object or surface. The O/C medical has been directed to circulate the list of precautions as officially released for everyone to follow.

IMPORTANTINSTRUCTIONS

  1. All HODs, Area Commanders, DPOs and Heads of units are to immediately provide hand washing facilities or alcohol based sanitizers or both at appropriate positions in their offices and stations.
  2. All visitors who must visit the police facility/office are to be admitted into the offices only after having washed their hands with soap or sanitized their hands with the alcohol based sanitizers provided at the entrance of such police facility/office.
  3. Area Commanders and DPOs have earlier been advised to make available infrared thermometers for use in their stations. This has now become very neccessary and must be taken very seriously.
  4. Henceforth, any gathering of more than 10, be it that of policemen or otherwise requires the written permission of the Commissioner of Police with effect from Monday 23/03/20
  5. All suspects in cases of simple offence or misdemeanor are NOT to be detained but released on bail immediately. Detention should only be in the case of serious offences that are not normally bailable.
  6. The weekly briefing with DPOs within the metro will now be done online until further notice.
  7. All concerned DPOs and HODs are to come online and hook up to a new platform that will be created for that purpose, once it is 12noon on Monday every week.
  8. With respect to 7 above, the PPRO is hereby directed to create that special platform today with the title MONDAY BRIEFING, only for this purpose. This will also apply to the monthly officers conference if the situation in the country is yet to improve significantly before our next monthly officers conference.

I urge you all, once again, to observe the personal safety precautions mentioned above and any other precaution given by medical experts. You are also to lecture all officers and men under you to do same.
Further directives and or information will be communicated to you as events unfold.
Stay safe everyone and be more alert to your duties. This whirlwind will surely blow over.

Kayode Egbetokun
CP Kwara

CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS. BAN ON USE OF FIRE-WORKS.

PRESS RELEASE

22nd DEC. 2019

The Kwara State Police Command wishes to fecilitate with the good people of Kwara on the occasion of the celebration of Christmas.

The Commissioner of Police, Kwara State Command, Ag Cp Kayode Egbetokun wishes to assure the good people of Kwara State that adequate security measure has been emplaced to guarantee a hitch free Christmas and new year celebrations.

In a bid to making the celebrations crime free, the Command has deployed a total number of three thousand (3000) policemen and women, drawn from the Conventional, PMF, Anti-Cultism, Anti- Kidnapping, Counter Terrorism and the Intelligence units of the Command to forestall any breakdown of law and order before, during and after the yuletide period.

Consequently, the Command is by this Release calling on members of the public to go about their lawful endeavours without any fear of molestation.
The Command wishes to warn against the use of low explosive without the neccessary permit during the yuletide. Any person found disobeying this order if arrested will be prosecuted.

The Command also wishes to use this medium to advise NYSC Members across the state to always shun the temptation to embark on unnecessary and unauthorized journeys especially during this period. Any Corp member who must travel outside the state should always obtain the neccessary clearance from the NYSC authority before undertaking such journey but should be mindful of the risks associated with traveling outside the state including the risk of kidnap. The Command is collaborating with the NYSC authority in the state to ensure maximum safety of Corp members posted to the state. The Commissioner of Police wishes all citizens, residents and visitors in Kwara state a happy Christmas celebration and a prosperous New Year ahead, please.

Dsp Okasanmi Ajayi
Police Public Relations Officer
Kwara State Police Command
For: Commissioner of Police.

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