By Auta Obadiah Dauda
A mobile court sitting in Minna has convicted 204 persons for breaking the lockdown rules of the state.
The Niger State Police Command had arrested 216 persons out of which 204 were found guilty and made to serve punishment ranging from 6 months imprisonment or an option of #3000 for motorcyclists/tricyclists and #5000 for the motorists. It will be recalled that the Niger State Governor, Alh Abubakar Sani Bello few days ago warned that henceforth anyone found without face mask would be arrested and prosecuted.
Among the 216 persons arrested, 12 persons were discharge because they had congent reasons to go out.
The offences, it was on Thursday gathered, ranged from driving vehicles during the period of lockdown to organising social events/gathering, not wearing face masks, conveying passengers during lockdown and carrying more than the prescribed numbers of passengers prescribed during the window.
The Commissioner of Police, Adamu Usman, further enjoined members of the public, Nigerlites and residents to continue to be law abiding citizens and ensure strict compliance in the interest of public safety and should see the measure as means to curb the spread of COVID-19 and protect lives and properties in the State.