Three persons who were arrested for violating lockdown order made by the Kwara State government to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the State have been sentenced to a month community service.
An Ilorin Chief Magistrate Court sentenced them to the punishment having found them guilty of breaching the government order.
The convicts are: Amos Philip, Babangida Dontatin and Baraye Abel, all of Sawmill Area, Ilorin.
The convicts had pleaded guilty to the offences and pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy, promising not to do such again.
Prior to the conviction of the defendant, the prosecutor, Inspector Nasir yusuf prayed the court to try them summarily since they pleaded guilty to the offences.
However, Chief Magistrate Bio Salihu convicted the defendants for the offences of failure to comply with restriction order imposed by the government, obstruction of a public servant carrying out his duties under government restriction order and disobedient to order duly promulgated by public servant.
Consequently, the court ordered them to sweep the High Court premises, Ilorin for the next 30 days beginning from Thursday 16th April.
The convicts were arrested on Tuesday 14th April by a team of Police Operatives, ‘B’ Division, Ilorin engaged in enforcing the restriction order of the Kwara State Government aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19 virus in the State.
The team had accosted and arrested the convicts who were timber machine operators at Sawmill Area, Ilorin engaging in commercial activities in disobedience of the Executive order restricting movement of people within the State.
Police First Information Report (FIR) stated that the convicts committed the offences which contravenes Regulation 17 Paragraphs (1) (i) & (iii) of Kwara State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020 and Section 152 of Penal Code Law.