Seven persons, Momoh Joshua, Sesan Ajayi, Owoola Ikesanmi, Joseph Agboola, Adeyinka Toyosi, Alabi Bukola and Oluwatuyi Abiodun were on Monday, arraigned before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court for violating government directives on curfew in the state.
The Director for Public Prosecution, Mr. Julius Ajibare, told the court that all the defendants committed the offence on April 19 at about 8:00 a.m in Ikere-Ekiti.
Momoh Joshua, the Punch Newspapers’ driver, who was on essential duty, was found guilty for conveying six passengers with the Punch vehicle on two-count charge.
Joshua, will pay a fine of N30,000 on both charges and render community services for two days.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr. Abdulhamid Lawal, sentenced all the defendants, 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th defendants on count 1 to the sum of N5,000 and two days community service each.
The 4th defendant, Joseph Agboola, absconded on the way to the court and was issued a warrant of arrest by the court.
The 5th defendant, Adeyinka Toyosi, said she was a nurse working in Lagos at the National Orthopaedic hospital and a nursing officer two, while she was fined N2,000 for trying to use a restless means to get back to Lagos as an essential worker.
The DPP said the defendants violated the provisions of Regulation 2 (1) (b) and 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.