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COVID-19: Abuja mobile court convicts 1 foreigner, 34 others

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By Ben Adoga

An Abuja mobile court has convicted one foreigner and 34 other Nigerians for violating COVID-19 protocols.

The foreigner, Ibrahim Albon, aged 37 is said to be a citizen of Central African Republic, CAR, and currently seeking asylum in Nigeria.

It was further revealed from documents obtained from Albon that his request is being examined by the office of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons.

The court, presided in over by Magistrate Idayat Akani, admonished the foreigner and the 34 others to strictly adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols to avoid contracting the virus.

Akani, who imposed a fine of N2000 on each of the 35, warned that if they continued to violate the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations, 2021, the court would be left with no option than to jail them for six months each as stipulated by the Act.

Briefing newsmen shortly after, the judgement, Ikharo Attah, head, publicity and enlightenment, FCT Ministerial Enforcement Task Force on COVID-19, stated that operation on the enforcement of COVID-19 protocols would be sustained in the FCT going forward.

Attah explained that the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, and the FCT commissioner of police, Bala Ciroma, gave the taskforce the mandate to sustain the exercise to enhance the level of compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols in the territory.

“Today, the team went out and a foreigner and 34 others were arrested, charged to court and convicted to pay certain degrees of fine, depending on what the Magistrate Idayat Akani found them guilty of,” Attah said.

He said that the taskforce was doing societal engagements in the six area councils of the territory to ensure total compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

Attah, expressed happiness that the FCT was far ahead in compliance with COVID-19 protocols, saying “even when you go to Nyanya, Zuba and Kuje you will see people willingly putting on facemasks.”

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