An Uselu Mobile Court in Benin on Thursday, April 23rd, sentenced 29 persons to community service for violating wearing of mask into public places and curfew imposed by Edo State Government to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
The state government had on Sunday imposed a statewide dusk-to-dawn curfew, which commenced on Monday from 7p.m. to 6a.m. daily.
The state Prosecuting Counsel, Mr Okunbor Orobosa said that the 29 apprehended persons who were brought from New Benin, Okoro and Ugbowo axis, pleaded guilty to the offences.
According to the persecutor, seven of the apprehended persons were seen in public places without wearing masks, while the other 22 person violated the curfew.
Presiding Magistrate, Mr Rusberth Imafidon, 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.
He sentenced the seven offenders who violated wearing of mask in public places to three days, while the other 22 persons who violated curfew to five days non-custodial community service.
The offenders would be handled by correctional officers during the punishment period.