Lagos Court sentences 17 residents for violating stay-at-home order

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The police in Lagos on Wednesday arraigned an additional 17 residents who flouted the stay-at-home order of the state government.

Those arraigned include Adekunle Peter, 28; Rikwan Babajide, 18; Bukola Oyekola, 30; Kennedy Ubogu, 30; Yusuf Lawal, 25; Saheed Isiaka, 24; Olamide Wasiu, 17; Wisdom Edokpayi, 34; Michael Duyilemi, 34.

Others are Francis Ofen, 20; Babatunde Mukaila, 19; Sunday Nwanga, 28; Ckukwuma Ifeadi, 30; Kareem Akeem, 23; Chibuzor Okonkwo, 40; Zakariyu Mohammed, 29; Olasunkanmi Akanbi, 37; Babatunde Olafusi, 40.

The defendants appeared before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court on a charge of gathering and loitering.

The government had restricted movement of the residents, ordering them to stay at home except if on essential duty.

This is aimed at curbing the coronavirus pandemic.

The defendants all pleaded guilty to the charge.

Prosecution team led by Mr Cyril Ejiofor from the Lagos State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba, had told the court that they committed the offence on April 1, at Ajegunle.

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