Police arrest 200 in Club Cubana raid

NEWS DIGEST – The Lagos State Police Command on Saturday, arrested over 200 people in a raid at Cubana Night Club for an alleged breach of COVID-19 protocols.

According to report, detectives attached to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Monitoring Team at the wee hours of Saturday, busted the gathering following a tip-off on large gathering in the club house.

The arrest was in line with the Federal Governments announcement on temporal closure of relaxation spots in order to minimise the spread of the coronavirus disease.

Although hotels, eateries, churches and some beaches have since resumed businesses following the ease of the lockdown, club houses have remained closed.

To minimise losses, the government earlier permitted club houses with open bars and restaurants like Cubana to resume such services with strict observance of all COVID-19 protocols.

Rather than stick to the open bar arrangement where guests can be served drinks and grills while listening to music including live bands, police sources claimed Cubana opened its night club and allowed guests in, where they were allegedly caught dancing with no regards to the social distancing policy.

“About 200 clubbers and fun seekers were arrested on Saturday at Cubana Night Club, Lagos. They have been handed over to the Lagos Police Command for investigation and possible prosecution,” a source told The Nation.

Contacted, police spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi confirmed that suspects were handed over to the command by the IGP Monitoring unit, adding that they would be paraded by the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu.