An Uselu Mobile Court in Benin on Friday, April 24 sentenced 29 persons to community service for violating the curfew imposed by Edo State Government to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
The state government had on Sunday, April 19 imposed a statewide dusk-to-dawn curfew, which commenced on Monday from 7p.m. to 6a.m. daily.
The state prosecuting counsel, Mr. Agbokhaode Ayo, said that the 29 persons, who were apprehended at the New Benin axis, pleaded liable to the offence.
According to Ayo “The 29 persons failed to observe restriction order”
Presiding Chief Magistrate, Prince Mutairu 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 5 to 10 days non-custodial community service.
The offenders would be handled by correctional officers during the punishment period.
The Chief Magistrate, however, gave the convicts an option to pay a fine between N3,000 and N5,000.
As at the time of filing the report, 23 out of the 29 convicted had paid their fines.