Lagos Lockdown: Anarchy Breaks Lose In Alimosho, See Why
The lockdown directive issued by President Muhammadu Buhari has created a state of Anarchy in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State.
On April 13 around 7 pm, the President declared an extension of the Lockdown directive issued on Lagos, FCT and Ogun state on March 30.
Prior to the extension, a gang identified as the 1 million raid gang, had begun stealing from the inhabitants of the area.
They started from the Alagbado area, Abule-Egba, Ipaja Ayobo, Iyanapaja axis, extending their tentacles to the Agege Local Government Area, majorly occupied by the lower and average cadre of persons in the state.
Jameela News reports that Alimosho is the largest Local Government Area in Lagos with over 1,288,714 inhabitants. However, these people are largely the poor, illiterate and average in the society. Only a few of those living in Alimosho are affluent.
After the extension of the Lagos lockdown was announced by the President, some hoodlums took to the street, to attack these vulnerable Nigerians.
Meanwhile, some youths who had called for the intervention of the Police without prompt response had taken the laws into their hands to personally secure their lives and properties.
Tyres were burnt from evening till dawn, as several young individuals awaited these hoodlums before they unleashed their evils on them.
In Igando area of the Local Government, youths embraced jungle justice by nabbing the hoodlums, tying them up while attempting to set them ablaze.
Others literally made their presence known to these criminals who did not care about the reason for the lockdown but would rather steal from the vulnerable because of the hardship in the country.
What is the police doing about this?
Several people living in the area had taken to micro-blogging site Twitter, to show how the security agents especially the police, are hiding under the disguise of ignorance by ignoring their calls.
This neglect of the people by the police has forced a majority of them to take the laws into their hands and deliver jungle justice on any suspected criminal caught at the scene of a crime.
It is a cliche now to say that majority of Nigerians are living in abject poverty, but what moral justification does a criminal have to steal from the poor within the society?
Why President Buhari issued a lockdown on Lagos, others?
Since the first case of COVID-19, a global pandemic was reported in Lagos on February 27, and the increase in the number of cases, especially in the business hub, the President decided to issue a lockdown to control the spread.
The President directed that Lagos, the epicentre of the disease in Nigeria, Ogun State and Abuja be placed on lockdown for 14 days starting from March 30.
The lockdown would have ended on April 14 but on Monday, April 13, the President issued an extension of the lockdown.
Since the first lockdown was issued, Lagos State especially had recorded over 180 cases from the 343 cases in the country and other states with no case now have at least one Coronavirus case.
These among other reasons influenced the extension of the lockdown.
COVID-19 is a communicable disease which begins with flu-like symptoms before intensifying to severe pneumonia, killing those affected by it. The disease can be gotten through physical contact of anyone infected by the disease.
The strangest fact is that even those who do not have the symptoms can infect others, putting their lives at risk.
The Health Ministry had insisted on the implementation of social distancing pending when the virus phases out or when a vaccine is found for the deadly COVID-19. This necessitated the directive of the lockdown in the country by the President.