…as Mobile Courts Convict Over 9,000 Violators
TOYIN ADEBAYO, ABUJA
There was a little distruption on Sunday at LifeCamp district of the nation’s capital where one of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) COVID -19 Mobile Courts was sitting.
It all started when some alleged uniform personnel obstructed the proceedings of a mobile court, insisting that a taxi driver who was apprehended and brought to the court for overloading his car against social distancing presidential directives, will not be tried by the magistrate.
The Chairman, FCT Ministerial Enforcement Task Team on COVID-19, Comrade Ikharo Attah confirmed the incident , saying, the alleged assailants took to their heels when noticed that reinforcement contingent of the team was arriving the court location.
Attah, however, warned that the FCT Administration would not tolerate rascality of any kind from any group of persons, also revealed that the Mobile Courts have so far convicted over 9,000 violators of COVID 19 restrictions orders.
According to him, the convicts paid various fines with supervised community services as sentences for their offences, while others who were found to be innocent were duly acquitted and discharged.
“We got information that some acclaimed uniform personnels were obstructing the proceedings of a mobile court at Life Camp. As we were approaching the location, the said personnels left the taxi driver and fled.
” The magistrates in the courts need all the support from Enforcement officers to dispense justice. He warned that the FCT administration would deal decisively with anyone who attempt to make the court vicinity uncomfortable for the dispensation of justice”
” so far over 9,000 persons have been convicted by the mobile. While many others were discharged and acquitted. The magistrates work round the clock to ensure that all cases are dispensed with, hence the need for no one to distract or stampede them”, he stressed.