A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Ado Ekiti has convicted a driver with the PUNCH Newspaper Momoh Joshua, and six others for violating government directives on curfew on Ekiti State.
Mohmoh, though on essential duty, was found guilty of conveying Sesan Ajayi, Owoola Ikesanmi, Joseph Agboola, Adeyinka Toyosi, Alabi Bukola and Oluwatuyi Abiodun instead of newspapers.
The Director for Public Prosecution, Mr Julius Ajibare, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on April 19 at about 8:00 a.m in Ikere-Ekiti.
The DPP said the defendants violated the provisions of Regulation 2 (1) (b) punishable under Regulation 12 of the Ekiti State Coronavirus (prevention of infection) Regulations, 2020 made pursuant to section 8 of the Quarantine Act, Cap Q2, LFN, 2004.
The Chief Magistrate, Abdulhamid Lawal, found all defendants guilty and sentenced Momoh to a fine of N30,000 on the two counts preferred against him, alongside community service for two days.
He also fined 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th defendants to a fine to the tune of N5,000 each and must also engage in a two-day community service in the state capital
The 5th defendant, Adeyinka Toyosi, who is said to be a nurse at the National Orthopaedic Hospital in Lagos was fined N2,000 for trying to use an illegal means to get back to Lagos.
However, the 4th defendant, Joseph Agboola, was said to have absconded on the way to the court. Consequently, the Chief Magistrate issued a warrant of arrest against him.