An Edo Magistrate Court sitting in Oredo Magisterial District has convicted 17 persons for violating a curfew imposed by the state government.
The curfew restricts movement between 10p.m. to 5a.m. 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 two others at Aduwawa, Benin City.
The 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.
But, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 says it is on a five-day official visit to Edo to supervise the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prof. Ehimario Igumbor, Lead, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Profile, stated while addressing journalists on Monday in Benin.
ccording to him, “We are here in Edo to undertake a supportive supervision about the state’s response to COVID-19 in general, but specifically, around how we are improving on our testing rate across the state.
“We have had the opportunity to meet with Gov. Godwin Obaseki and other key stakeholders in the health sector.
“We are very grateful to see the command that the governor has around the response and all that he is doing to support the activities of public health.”