BY JOEL GRANDBALL,
Twelve persons have been convicted by the Mobile Court set up in Ughelli by the Delta State Government to prosecute violators of the lockdown order by the state government.
About 19 persons were brought before the court for prosecution by the presiding Magistrate, Mr. E. A. Adjugo over various degrees of violation of the stay at home order, out of which 12 were sentenced with option of fines while Seven (7) were acquited by the court.
According to the prosecuting Counsel who represented the Attorney General of Delta State Mr. Peter Mrakpor, Assistant Director, Ministry of Justice, Delta State, Mr. Peter Daubry, P. Kwode and other, said, “We are here to enforce the order of the Governor of Delta State in our own way through the law.
The enforcement of law and other has various aspect and the first aspect is the police arresting violators of offences provided by the law and move to the stage of prosecution.
“If you arrest anybody without prosecution, it amount to the bridge of the right of the people and that is why we are here to prosecute the offenders of the lockdown rule issued by the governor of Delta State.
“This is a mobile court in Ughelli assigned specially to deal with this type of matters and today we had about 19 persons brough before the court and an average of them were discharged and some were found guilty.
Those found and pleaded guilty were sentenced accordingly and fines were imposed instead of sending them to prison but if they cannot not pay the fines, they would have no option that to serve their various prison terms.
Those convicted where given an option of fine ranging from 2000 to 2,500 or to one day community service or pick debris at the Nigeria Police station for a day.
Among those discharged are, Pastor Stephen Akpirhuoka, Ajiri O., Isaac Barnabas, Mike Omokamre, and Benjamin Ikpukpu, Felix Evweghurho.
Others sentenced are Kevwe Okialeme, Azubeke Nweke, Alex Ejovi, Onoriode Adu, Kingsley Maduka, Mrs. Gloria Udunwa ,Victor Palmer, and Obaro Awawe and Oleunden Emmanuel and two others.