Three in Lagos police trouble for “disturbing public peace with carnival”

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The Lagos State Police Command has apprehended three individuals for allegedly staging a street carnival that violated existing laws regulating the use of speakers in public spaces. The suspects, identified as Julius Osimirin (43), Isiaka Kabiru (16), and Ajewole Ajugba (42), were taken into custody on Abatti Street, Shasha, Akowonjo, at approximately 12:23 p.m.

According to a statement issued by the state Public Police Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, and shared on the official handle on X, the arrest was carried out by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS). The suspects were reportedly setting up the stage for their carnival, prompting law enforcement intervention.

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Hundeyin explained, “Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) have arrested three suspects in Shasha, Akowonjo area of Lagos for staging a street carnival in total disregard for existing laws regulating the use of speakers in public in Lagos State.”

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The arrest followed directives from the Commissioner of Police, CP Adegoke Fayoade, to the RRS Commander, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, to enforce the laws and bring to book individuals attempting to disrupt public order.

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CP Fayoade had previously engaged with the organizers of the carnival, advising them to secure a venue for their event instead of shutting down streets or causing disturbances. The failure to adhere to these directives led to the subsequent arrest of the three suspects.

Upon the completion of investigations, the trio is expected to be arraigned in court to face charges related to disturbing public peace and violating the laws regulating the use of speakers in public spaces.

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In a related development, the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency recently held a meeting with leaders of religious institutions at Alausa, discussing strategies to curb noise pollution from worship centers. This initiative is part of the agency’s broader campaign to address noise pollution in the state, which also involved discussions with nightclub and bar owners.

The Lagos State Police Command reaffirms its commitment to maintaining public order and enforcing laws aimed at ensuring a peaceful coexistence within the community.

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