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COVID-19 court convicts Islamic cleric, son in Kaduna

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For violating the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-induced lockdown order in the Kaduna State, a mobile court has convicted a renowned Islamic cleric, Sheikh Yusuf Rigachukun, and his son.

Besides, a Major General in the Nigerian army was arrested along Abuja/Kaduna highway for breaking the lockdown order.The Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Aisha Dikko, stated yesterday that the convicts were arrested at Kaduna State University (KASU) junction, for violating the stay-at-home order and for not wearing face masks.

The commissioner said the cleric told the court that he was invited by Kaduna State Media Corporation (KSMC) for a radio programme, which made him ignore the lockdown order.

Dikko said Rigachukun and his son were, however, both charged for not wearing face masks and were fined N5,000 each.In addition, the court asked the cleric to perform community service by informing the public on how to stop the spread of COVID-19.

It warned Kaduna residents to desist from violating the lockdown order.The attorney general said the army officer, who was in full uniform, was arrested while driving in from Abuja with three other passengers who had no face masks.

“The general identified himself and said he was coming from Abuja and on official duty. However, the court tried and convicted the other three passengers for not complying with the stay-at-home order and wearing face masks,” he said.

The commissioner further said that 75 culprits were convicted out of the 105 who violated the ban on inter-state travel at the Kaduna/Abuja border, as well as the Kaduna/Katsina border last week.

The Guardian learnt that the culprits were apprehended by senior officials of Kaduna government patrolling the borders and handed over the violators to the mobile courts.


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