A mobile court sitting in Abuja on Thursday, a Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) convicted an Islamic Cleric for organizing prayers in contravention of government sit-at-home orders to minimize the spread of Covid-19.
Leader of the Covid-19 lockdown FCT Compliance Team, Ikharo Attah, who revealed this, said Cleric Isa Ismail and two others were arrested at a common mosque in Wuse 2 District for disobeying government orders to organize prayers in a manner that puts public health at risk.
Attah, who frowned at the ongoing violations of the lockdown order by religious leaders and other people within the area, also said the cleric and the other two convicts were fined N2,000 each and required 24 hours of community service.
He reported that up to 500 violators have been convicted by 15 Mobile Courts sitting at different locations, impounding multiple cars, and calling on residents to avoid undermining government efforts to curb Covid-19’s spread as the killer virus is neither a love of citizens nor religion.
“The FCTA Mobile Court sitting on Eagle Square today convicted an Imam of a prominent Wuse 2 District Mosque for conducting worship in violation of the lockdown laws.
“Imam Isa Ismail and two other worshippers were sentenced of community service and fined N2000 each. For 24 hours, they will be sweeping the area to act as dissuasive to others.
“Several motorists were also charged before the mobile court, and arraigned. Since the mobile courts started sitting, there have been convictions of around 500 violators. After paying the fines, many of them were fined and released.
“The convicted violators were fined and released on the court’s discretion, since returning them to the correctional centers would hinder government attempts to decongest these centers and other detention facilities around the country. Moreso, many of those sentenced