An Uselu Mobile Court in Egor Local Government Area of Edo on Thursday, April 7 sentenced 12 persons to community service for trading in an unauthorised places and violating wearing of mask in public places.
Presiding Chief Magistrate, Prince Mutairu Oare, however, gave the convicts an option to pay a fine between N500 and N4,000.
Recall that street trading, wearing of mask, dusk-to-dawn curfew among others, were imposed by Edo Government to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
The state Prosecuting Counsel,
Isaac Omokhide-Kadiri Esq., said that the 12 persons, who were apprehended at wire road and Uselu axis, pleaded liable to the offence.
among the 12 persons, some of the defendants were apprehended while trading in an unauthorized places, while others were arrested in public places without mask.
Oare directed the convicts to carry out community services in line with the state government’s non-custodial regulation.
The punishment include clearing drains, shrubs, picking of trash, compulsory community sensitisation and grass cutting, among others.
The sentences ranged from one day to three days non-custodial community service.
The offenders would be handled by correctional officers during the punishment period.