A Mobile Court in Benin on Monday convicted 32 persons for not wearing face mask as directed by Edo State government in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wearing of face mask was part of the state government’s strategy to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus in the state.
Prosecuting counsel, Mr Uyi Omoruyi, said that the 32 persons where apprehended within Benin metropolis, adding that they pleaded liable to the offence.
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Presiding Chief Magistrate, Mr. Rusberth Imafidon, directed the convicts to carry out community services in line with the Correctional Centre of Non custodian regulation.
The punishments include clearing drains, shrubs, picking of trash, compulsory community sensitisation, grass cutting among others
The Chief Magistrate noted that the offenders would be punished for three hours for two day as non custodial community service.
He, however, did not give option of fine to serve as deterrent to other violators.
The Correctional officers would handle the offenders during the punishment period.