18 August 2020 By Remi Johnson
The Federal Captial Territory mobile Court sitting at the Eagle square has convicted 27 persons for violating the stipulated COVID-19 safety regulations.
The trial Magistrate , Idayat Akanni fined 24 defulters that pleaded quilty the sum of two thousand naira each,with an option of a one day community service in any of the government facility; while the remaining 3 violators that pleaded not quilty are to appear before Magistrate court Wuse zone II on Friday, August 21.
The prosecutor, Udeme Umanah who read the charges before the defulters arrested at Pana village in Utako district, said the offences borders on violation of dust -to-dawn curfew, violation of ban on social gatherings and the violation of compulsory wearing of face mask in public.
He said, “The court tried them and convicted them, except for 3 who denied liability. Those that pleaded quilty are to pay a fine of two thousand naira fine or go for one day community service also 3 beer parlours have been sealed for four days” he said.
The FCT Police command spokesperson, Anjuguri Mamza said the police stance on COVID-19 regulations was still in place.
“We want to remind FCT residents that the COVID-19 regulations is very much in place, people should know that the curfew which starts from 10pm to 4am daily is also in place”
Mamza called on those who operate beer parlours and restaurants to adhere to the guidelines.
On his part, the chairman FCT Ministerial Task Team on COVID-19, Comrade Ikharo Attah who explained that COVID 19 still exist, appealed to residents to comply with the preventive guidelines.
His words: “Most of the people are thinking that the issue of COVID-19 is gone, but is not over, the fight against the pandemic is still on, so we must strictly adhere to the rules…the people must understand that the protocols are in place, restaurants, beer parlours and drinking joints are not allowed to operate, it is because of these violations that the defulters in Pana village have been arrested” Attah explained.