Mobile Courts Set up in Akwa Ibom to Arraign Offenders as Lockdown Order Extended by 2 Weeks

In a bid to intensify effort to combat the Coronavirus pandemic in Akwa Ibom, the State government has extended the lock order down of the State by another 2 weeks.

The lockown extension was made known on Thursday by an order signed by Governor Udom Emmanuel with 30th April as it’s expiry date. This comes a day after 6 persons were discharged from hospital, a facility used as isolation centre for victims of the virus.

Also, to further enforce the restriction of movements, the Chief Justice of Akwa Ibom State, Justice Godwin Abraham on Wednesday inaugurated a special court for the trial of offenders of Quarantine and restriction of movement regulations, 2020.

During his briefing, Justice Abraham said that a designated court was necessary for the purpose of speedy trial, but added that Chief magistrates in the various designated courts could also attend to other urgent matters of public importance.

The designated mobile courts will be available across the three Senatorial districts of Akwa Ibom state with an intention to create an addition in Uyo once necessary.

The Chief Judge also adds that personal protection equipments will be provided all the courts and enjoined all judicial officers to maintain social distancing and other necessary anti Covid-19 precautionary measures.

The defaulting individuals will pay a 10,000 Naira fine, plus an additional community service for 7days. Impounded tricycles (keke), motorbikes, cars, trucks are to pay 7,000, 20,000 and 50,000 Naira respectively upon being found guilty.


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