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Police arraign newspaper truck rider, six others for flouting lockdown orders

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The Ekiti State Police Command yesterday arraigned seven persons before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court for violating government directives on curfew in the state. They included Momoh Joshua (Punch man), Sesan Ajayi, Owoola Ikesanmi, Joseph Agboola, Adeyinka Toyosi, Alabi Bukola and Oluwatuyi Abiodun

The director for public prosecution, Mr. Julius Ajibare, told the court that all the defendants committed the offence on April 19 at about 8:00 a.m in Ikere-Ekiti, Ikere Local Government Area of the state.

The DPP said the defendants violated the provisions of Regulation 2 (1) (b) and punishable under Regulation 12 of the Ekiti State Coronavirus (prevention of infection) Regulations, 2020 made pursuant to section 8 of the Quarantine Act, Cap Q2, LFN, 2004.

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Momoh Joshua, the Punch Newspapers’ driver, who was on essential duty, was found guilty of conveying six passengers with the Punch vehicle on a two-count charge. The court ruled that Joshua would pay a fine of N30,000 on both charges and render community services for two days.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr. Abdulhamid Lawal, sentenced all the defendants, 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th defendant on count 1 to the sum of N5,000 and two days community service each. Ajibare informed the court that the 4th defendant, Joseph Agboola, absconded on the way to the court and was issued a warrant of arrest by the court.

While taking her plea, the 5th defendant, Adeyinka Toyosi, said she was a nurse working in Lagos at the National Orthopaedic hospital and a nursing officer two. She was fined N2,000 for trying to use a desperate means to get back to Lagos as an essential worker.

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