An Uselu Mobile Court in Benin on Saturday, April 25 sentenced five persons for violating wearing of mask and curfew imposed by Edo Government to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
State Prosecuting Counsel, Mr Agbokhaode Ayo, said that four persons violated the curfew, while one violated wearing of mask.
Ayo added that they were apprehended at Uwasota and Uselu market axis, and pleaded liable to the offence.
Presiding Chief Magistrate, Prince Mutairu Oare, sentenced the violators for two days non-custodial community service.
The court 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 Chief Magistrate, however, gave the convicts an option to pay a fine of N4,000 (for curfew violators) and N200 (mask violator)
The offenders would be handled by correctional officers during the punishment period.
Recall that the state government had imposed a statewide wearing of facemask in public places and dusk-to-dawn curfew, which commenced from 7p.m. to 6a.m. daily.