Lockdown: Pastors, Imams Convicted

By Auta Obadiah Dauda

Following the non compliance with the lockdown order of president Mohammadu Buhari to curtail the spread of the coronavirus in the country, two pastors and three imams have been jailed for one month each.

They were sentenced in an Abuja court.

It will be recalled that the minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Bello, established mobile courts in the federal capital territory to help enforce the lockdown order of the president.

The minister said that the decision to establish the mobile courts became necessary due to the fragrant disobedience of the lockdown order by the residents of the setelite towns.

Magistrate Idayat Akonni, who presided over the matter, sentenced them with an option of N5, 000 fine in addition to a one day community service.

Those convicted were Imam Abdullahi Mohammed of Gwarinpa Estate, Imam Suleiman Idris of Mobi close, Area 11, Garki and Deputy Imam Useni Umar of the same address; Pastor Phillips Olumbori of Celestial Church of Christ, Lugbe and Reverend Moses Chinedu of Mercy City Gospel Centre, Aco Estate, Lugbe.

The Chairman FCT Ministerial Enforcement Task team on Covid-19 operations, Ikharo Attah, while addressing journalists said that a total of 73 violators were convicted on Sunday.

“The verdict, though mild, is a welcome development; those sentenced should be worried because they are now ex-convicts having been found guilty and sentenced by a competent court of law.”

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