Lockdown: Mobile court convicts 2 Pastors, 3 Imams, 68 others in FCT

Mobile court sitting at Eagle Square in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT Abuja has, convicted three Imams and two Pastors on Sunday for violating the Federal Government lockdown order.
In order to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the country, the Federal Government has band congregational worship and other social gathering.
The lockdown violators were convicted by presiding Magistrate, Idayat Akonni to one-month imprisonment.
The Magistrate, however gave them an option of N5,000 fine in addition to a supervised community service for a day.
The convicts are: Imam Abdullahi Mohammed of Gwarinpa Estate; Imam Suleiman Idris of Mobi Close, Area 11, Garki and Deputy Imam Useni Umar of the same addresses.
Others are: Pastor Phillips Olumbori of Celestial Church of Christ, Lugbe and Rev. Moses Chinedu of Mercy City Gospel Centre, Aco Estate, Lugbe, a satellite town in FCT.
While addressing newsmen after the court verdict, the Chairman, FCT Ministerial Enforcement Task Team on COVID-19 operations, Ikharo Attah said the various mobile courts, which sat at different locations within the territory, convicted over 73 violators.
On the judgment, he said: “The verdict, though mild, is a welcome development.
He urged people to remain at home and stop breaching the lockdown order, adding that those sentenced should be worried because they are now ex-convicts having been found guilty and sentenced by a competent court of law.
He said, “Why has it become very difficult for custodians and enforcers of divine laws to obey national laws that do not prohibit or infringe on their freedom of religion?”


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