//Ekiti Magistrate court convicts face mask offender

Ekiti Magistrate court convicts face mask offender

A Magistrate Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti has sentenced a man name withheld for three days Community Service with the sum of forty thousand naira fine for Contravening the Mask-up Law which has been active since wake of the Covid19 Pandemic in the state.

The Charge which reads that the accused was moving without wearing a cloth facemask, thereby violating the provisions of Regulations, four Sub section two, paragraph (a) of Regulation four, Punishable under Regulation twelve of the Ekiti State Coronavirus Prevention of infection) Regulations one to four, 2020 made in pursuant to section Eight of the Quarantine Act, Cap Q2, LFN, 2004″

The charge was signed by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Ekiti State, Mr Julius Ajibare

Magistrate Oluwasanmi while delivering the Judgment said there was absolute threat to existence occasioned by the Coronavirus Pandemic, and it was a gross crime to intentionally go against the Law of the State and imposed the fine as penalty on the defendant.

Reacting to the Judgement after the Court Proceeding, the convict Said he was overwhelmed by the Penalty awarded by the court, saying that even though he was guilty of not wearing the face mask, he felts the Punishment was too weighty than the offence committed.