Convicted violators of COVID19 lockdown were seen engaging in community service in Abuja for violating the Covid 19, No. 2, 2020 Regulation, pursuant to the Quarantine Act 2004.
They were convicted by various Mobile Courts which sat at various centers in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, today, Sunday 19th, April 2020.
Mobile courts presided over by Magistrates continued their sittings in Abuja as they try violators of the COVID 19 lock down proclamation laws.
Giving an update on the cases tried by the courts, the Director of the FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) Wadata Aliyu Bodinga said about 156 violators have so far been prosecuted by the courts.
He explained that the courts started sitting on Thursday 16th April in three different locations across the city. The locations include AYA, Dantata and Mpape.
He said a total of 50 cases were prosecuted on the fist day out which 40 were convicted while 10 were discharged.
On the second and third days, Friday 17th and Sunday 19th, 40 were prosecuted with 29 convicted and eleven discharged; 66 were prosecuted with 48 convicted and 18 discharged respectively.
Wadata said the trial involves pedestrians, motorists and motorcyclists caught violating the order.
He said some of the convicts were fined various sums while others had their vehicles impounded and sentenced to community service.
The Director said the objective of setting up the courts has been largely achieved as fewer people are now seen on the streets.
He noted that the idea of prosecuting violators was not aimed at punishing anyone but to discourage people from leaving their homes against medical advice to curtail the spread of COVID 19.
He appealed to residents to comply with the lock down order to avoid arrest and prosecution.