COVID-19: COURT CONVICTS 16 PERSONS FOR FLOUTING THE FACE MASK AND MOVEMENT RESTRICTION ORDER IN EDO STATE
A mobile court in Benin city, Edo State, has convicted 16 persons to three hours of community service for flouting the face mask and movement restriction order by the Edo State Government.
The sixteen persons convicted include: Osagie Obamedo, Kelvin Osabuohien, Emmanuel Jobson, John Samson, Richard Asho, Adesogie Blessed, Moses Jacob, Godson Onluige, Emmanuel Mamadu, Lorito Igwe, Adesuwa Enogiemwan, Jasper Iwuozor, Grace Peter, Emmanuel John, Endurance Akugbe and Victory Basil.
Earlier in the week, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, said he would deploy over 800 Police constabulary personnel across the State to enforce strict compliance with the state’s regulations to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He insisted that wearing facemasks in public was compulsory and noted that those convicted by the mobile court would be regarded as ex-convicts.
He said, “We are strengthening enforcement of COVID-19 regulations in the state. Those who disobey the regulations and would be made to pay fines and undertake community service."
The Governor said defaulters would be prosecuted and those found guilty convicted by mobile courts set up across the State.
As of January 29, 2021, the NCDC reports that Edo State has recorded 3,721 COVID-19 infections and 136 deaths.