COVID-19: 17 persons convicted, undergo community service for violating prevention protocol
An Edo Magistrate Court sitting in Oredo Magisterial District has convicted 17 persons for violating curfew imposed by the state government restricting movement between 10pm to 5am to check the spread of the second wave of COVID-19.
The Chief Magistrate of the Mobile Court, Bright Eraze Oniha, sentenced the violators to three hours of community service within the court premises as punishment, after they all pleaded guilty.
The 17 suspects arrested and convicted include: Emmanuel Chukwuka Abraham Timothy, Ikechukwu Ekeh, Festus Sylvester, Amadin Osazee, Owie Ben, Jessica Efe, Festus Osifo, Abigail Emmanuel, Samuel Sunny, Friday Iyoke, Chukudi John, Samuel Omobobule, Gift Obi, Ojo Ibrahim and Abdullahi Umar.
Among the convicted violators, nine persons were arrested at Adenyan, six in New Benin, and 2 others at Aduwawa, Benin City.
The presiding Magistrate said the suspects were convicted for violating Regulation(s) 16(3) of the Edo State Dangerous Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020, by disobeying the restriction of movement order and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 5 of the Quarantine Act, Cap Q2, Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
Violators of COVID-19 protocols carrying out community service, at the premises of Edo State High Court in Benin City, on Monday, January 25, 2021.
Violators of COVID-19 protocols being paraded at the Edo Magistrate Court in Oredo Magisterial District, Benin City on Monday, January 25, 2021.