Mobile court in Edo sentences 12 for trading in unauthorised places

FOR trading in unauthorised places and violating wearing of face mask in public places, an Uselu Mobile Court in Egor Local Government Area of Edo on Thursday sentenced 12 persons to community service.

The Edo State government area had banned street trading, mandated the wearing of face mask, imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew among others to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

The State Prosecuting Counsel, Mr Isaac Omokhide-Kadiri said that the 12 persons, who were apprehended at Wire Road and Uselu axis, pleaded liable to the offence at the Mobile court.

According to Omokhide-Kadiri, “Among the 12 persons, some of the defendants were apprehended while trading in unauthorized places, while others were arrested in public places without a face mask.

Chief Magistrate Mutairu Oare ordered the convicts to carry out community services in line with the state government’s non-custodial regulation.

The punishment state by the Mobile court includes clearing drains, shrubs, picking of trash, compulsory community sensitisation and grass cutting, among others.

The sentences ranged from one day to three days of non-custodial community service.

The chief magistrate, however, gave the convicts an option to pay a fine between N500 and N4,000.

The offenders would be handled by correctional officers during the punishment period.

 

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