The Lagos State Police Command has denied the claim of the state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association, and Medical Guild that the men of the command harassed health workers in the state.
The NMA Chairman, Dr Saliu Oseni, had on Monday accused the state Commissioner of Police of exposing NMA members and other health care workers to unwarranted harassment by the police, while the Medical Guild leadership said its members were being harassed by the police on their way to hospitals.
But the command, in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Bala Elkana, said the restriction on movement did not affect hospitals and other medical establishments.
He said, “It is on record that the restriction of movement order that took effect from Monday, March 30, 2020, does not apply to hospitals and all related medical establishments as well as organisations in healthcare-related manufacturing and distribution.
“Personnel deployed for the enforcement were fully briefed by the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, and every police station was issued copies of the presidential directives and extant laws for guidance.
“It is pertinent to state that the exemption given to certain categories of persons is not absolute. The order states that ‘although these establishments are exempt, access will be restricted and monitored.’ To ensure that persons who are not on essential duties are restricted, the command insists that apart from occupational ID card, there must also be a document to prove that the person is on duty.”