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Published On: Tue, Apr 14th, 2020

Lockdown: Court convicts 12 persons for violation in Delta

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From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

Following the disobedience to the Delta State government lockdown order, no fewer than twelve Persons were on Monday convicted by the Mobile Court set up in Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state
With 19 persons brought before the court for prosecution and before the Presiding Magistrate, Edward Adjugo, following various degrees of violation in the stay at home order, 12 out of which were sentenced with option of Fine while 7Others were acquitted by the Court
The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Peter Mrakpor who spoke to Journalists in the area, said that” we are enforcing the order of the Governor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa in our own way through the law, and the enforcement of the law and other has various aspects and the first aspect is the Police arresting violators of Offences Provided by the law and move to the stage of Prosecution, if you arrest anybody without prosecution, it amount to bridge of the right of the people and that is why we are here to prosecute the Offenders of the lockdown rules issued by the governor of Delta state, this is a mobile Court in Ughelli assigned specially to deal with this type of matters and right now we have 19 Persons brought before the Court and an average of them was discharged and some were found guilty, those found and pleaded guilty were sentenced accordingly, and fines were imposed instead of sending them to prison but if they cannot pay the fines ,they would have no option than to serve their various prison terms, those Convicted where given an option of Fine ranging from N2000 to N2.500 or to one day Community Services or Pick debris at the Nigeria Police station for a day”
Among those discharged were Pastor Stephen Akpirhuoka, Ajiri O.Isaac Barnabas, Mike Omokamire, and Benjamin Ikpukpu, Felix Evweghurho, while those Sentenced are, Kevwe Okialeme, Azubeke Nweke , Alex Ejovi, Onoriode Adu, Kingsley Maduka, Mrs Gloria Udunwa, Victor Palmer, and Obaro Awawe, and Oleunden Emmanuel and two others. Meanwhile, Deltans have been told disregard any rumour making rounds that state boundaries are porous despite the lockdown order to curb the Spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

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