Mobile court imposes N10k, fine, community service on joggers

Ogunsakin Mustapha
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Fitness enthusiasts numbering 202 were on Thursday tried by two Mobile Courts at the State Force Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Panti, Yaba for violating the lockdown order made to curb the spread of the COVID-19 disease in Lagos.

Officials of the Lagos State Taskforce had arrested the violators of the order on Thursday morning at over 15 areas in Lagos including Yaba, Agege, Ogudu/Ojota and Iju areas of the metropolis while they were either jogging, cycling or loitering.

They were charged before two Magistrates; Mrs Makanju Oshodi and Mr Nurudeen Layeni of the Lagos Mobile Courts.

They all faced a charge of violating the Social Distancing Directives which are contrary to Regulation 1(1) of the COVID-19 Regulations which is punishable under Section 5 of the Public Health Laws of Lagos State 2015.

Some of the joggers perfoming their sentence

The violators who mostly plead guilty to the charge and were ordered to pay fines ranging from N5,000 to N10,000 to the Lagos State Government and were ordered to immediately commence a two-hour community service.

Speaking, the Coordinator Mobile Courts, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Mrs Arinola Ogbara-Banjoko said that over 260 persons had been tried at the Mobile Courts for various violations since the lockdown began in Lagos.

“All juvenile offenders and Persons with special needs that were apprehended were not arraigned at the Mobile Courts, they are over 50 and are not  part of the over 260 persons tried at the mobile courts.

“Deaf and dumb persons were separated because we do not have an interpreter. Fines of N10,000 and community service were handed by the court,” she said.

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