From Dan Amasingha, Minna
In an effort to enforce the lockdown order, two mobile courts sitting at the Minna judicial complex have convicted nine persons found to have violated the lockdown order of the state government.
Two magistrates, Murtala Ibrahim and Halima Mohammed convicted the offenders that violated the lockdown order put in place Governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the State.
The convicted persons were however, ordered to pay fines of two thousand naira or serve six months imprisonment each.
Speaking at the premises of the State High Courts, Minna, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Chairman, Niger State Task Force on COVID-19, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane explained that the sitting of the mobile court was part of the implementation of the Executive Order which Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has earlier pronounced and gazetted.
The Chairman stated that the conviction of the accused persons will serve as a deterrent to those that will defy the Executive Order, stressing that Government was serious in implementing to the letter, all the restriction measures taken by Government.
The SSG revealed that the State Government had also established mobile courts across the State to ensure enforcement and compliance with the aforementioned directive of the of the lockdown order.
Government, the SSG said was determined to protect the people of the State from the coronavirus pandemic and enjoined the people not to undermine the restriction order on the lockdown, which was for the benefit of the public.
In his remarks, lead Counsel, Barrister Suleman Wushishi disclosed that nine persons were prosecuted and convicted following the violation of Niger State COVID-19 Preventive, Containment and Emergency Order.
It will be recalled that Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, Governor of Niger State, invoked the Niger State COVID-19 Preventive, Containment and Emergency Order 2020 for the good order, safety, security and public health of people in the State.