Judiciary

Mask Violation: Ekiti Court Sentences Man to Community Service

A Magistrate Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti has sentenced a resident of Ekiti State Vincent Ikechukwu for three days Community Service with payment of a sum of forty thousand naira fine for contravening the Mask-up Law which has been inactive since the wake of the Covid19 Pandemic in the state.

The Charge which read that Vincent Ikechuckwu was moving without wearing a cloth facemask, thereby violating the provisions of Regulations, Four Sub Section Two, Paragraph (a) of Regulation Four, Punishable under Regulation Twelve of the Ekiti State Coronavirus Prevention of Infection) Regulations One to Four, 2020 made in pursuant  to Section Eight of the Quarantine Act, Cap Q2, LFN, 2004″ 

It was signed by the Director of Public Prosecutions in Ekiti State, Mr Julius Ajibare

The Magistrate Oluwasanmi, while delivering his judgment said there was absolute threat to existence occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic, and it was a gross crime to intentionally go against the Law of the state,

 The Magistrate imposed the fine as penalty on the defendant.

Reacting to the judgment after the court proceeding, the offender Mr. Vincent Ikechuckwu said he was overwhelmed by the penalty awarded by the court, saying that even though he was guilty of not wearing the face mask, he felts the punishment was too weighty than the offence committed.

However, the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Femi Onipede said there was a clear order which has been repeatedly announced on all media outlets in the state on the use of facemask, hence the accused could not complain about the severity of the Judgment as the onus of Punitive measures was at the discretion of the Court.

Oriola Afolabi

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