COVID 19: Niger State Mobile Court On COVID 19 Slams Eight Persons Six Months In Prison With An Option Of Two Thousand Naira Fine
…… A minor warned
The Niger State COVID-19 Mobile Court has sentenced eight persons to six months in prison with an option of Two Thousand Naira fine each, for violating the stay-at-home order of the State Government occasioned by the COVID-19.
The suspects who were arrested on the 19th of April, 2020 during the enforcement exercise in the State, are from different areas of Minna Metropolis.
The Mobile Court session jointly presided over by Magistrates Murtala Ibrahim and Halima Mohammed was held at the premise of the State High Court Minna.
The state lead counsel, Suleiman Buhari Wushishi said the suspects were arraigned before the mobile court on two count charges of violating social distancing and stay-at-home directives of the state government under section 17 (a) and (2) of the state COVID-19 order 2020 which they all pleaded guilty to.
At the end of trial, the suspects were all discharged and acquitted after the payment of #2000 fine each with one minor, Musa Ibrahim who only got warned.
The SSG and Chairman Task Force on COVID-19 Ibrahim Ahmed Matane explained that the mobile court for the violators of the lockdown order is in place in major towns of the state to serve as deterrent.