Scapegoat: Court docks flouters of social distancing order

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FILE PHOTO: 73-year-old Bode Adegboyega docked for stealing tricycle engines.


Police on Wednesday arraigned 36 flouters of the stay-at-home order of the Lagos State Government before a Chief Magistrates Court in Yaba.

The government charged  Emeka John, Kingsley Jacob,  Chukwuma Okwubaba  Luke Eboro and 32 others with being in a gathering of more than 20 people, in violation of the social distancing directive.

Thirty-three of the defendants admitted guilty while three – Adetutu Adurogbangba, Segun Joshua and Obi Okoye – pleaded not guilty.

The prosecution team led by Mr Cyril Ejiofor from Lagos State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba, had told the court that the defendants committed the offence on  Wednesday (April 8) on Bush Street/Gbagada Express Road, Ogudu, Lagos.

He alleged that the defendants gathered themselves in the above-mentioned address, contrary to the social distancing directives.

Chief Magistrate Peter Ojo, sentenced the defendants who pleaded guilty to one month of community service.

He directed that before the commencement of the community service, they should be isolated for 14 days at the Infectious Disease Control Centre, Yaba, or any facility available in the state.

Ojo also ordered that they should also be tested for the COVID-19.

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