Written by Sarah NEGEDU
Lockdown violations: FCTA mobile court convicts islamic cleric, 500 others
No fewer than 500 persons have so far been convicted by the Federal Capital Territory Administration Mobile Court for violating the lock down order instituted by the federal government.
Chairman of the FCT Enforcement Team, Mr. Ikharo Attah, told newsmen in Abuja that the 15 mobile courts sitting at different locations in the FCT have convicted up to 500 violators and impounded several vehicles.
He said an Islamic Cleric was also prosecuted for organizing prayers in contravention of the sit-at-home orders of government.
He explained that the cleric, Malam Isa Ismail, and two others were arrested at a popular Mosque in Wuse 2 District for disobeying government's orders to organize prayers in a manner that puts public health at risk.
Attah who frawned at continuous violations of the lockdown order by religious leaders and other residents within the territory , disclosed that the cleric and the two others convicts were fined N2,000 each and compulsory 24 hours of community service.
He called on residents to stop undermining government's efforts at curtailing the spread of COVID 19, saying the killer virus is not a respecter of persons nor religion.
"The FCTA mobile court sitting at Eagle Square today convicted an Imam of a popular Mosque in Wuse 2 District for holding worship in contravention of the lockdown rules.
"Imam Isa Ismail and two other worshippers were convicted and fined N2,000 each with community service. They will be cleaning the neighbourhood for 24 hours, to serve as deterrent to others.
"Several motorists were also arrested and arraigned before the mobile court. Since the mobile courts started sitting, about 500 violators have been convicted. Many of them were fined and released after paying the fines.
"Based on the discretion of the court, the convicted violators were fined and released, because sending them to Correctional Centres would undermine government's efforts towards decongesting Correctional Centres and other detention facilities across the country. Moreso, many of the convicts were first time offenders", he said.