Categories: Coronavirus Local

COVID-19: Kaduna Sets Up Mobile Courts To Try Violators Of Curfew

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai. Photo: Twitter

 

Kaduna State Government has set up mobile courts to try violators of curfew in its efforts to preserve public safety.

In a letter by the state Solicitor-General, Chris Umar to the Chief Registrar of Kaduna State High Court dated April 22, the decision was taken by the State Executive Council to enforce the executive order.

It will be recalled that the Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe had invoked the 1999 constitution, sections 2 and 8 of the Quarantine Act of 1926 and Kaduna State Public Health Law of 1917, and imposed a lockdown throughout the state, on March 26.

Violations of the restriction of movement order, social distancing and the gathering of large crowds have been reported, and the state government had threatened to sanction traditional leaders of communities where such violations take place.

The Deputy Governor had also threatened to revert to the 24 hour-lockdown, by closing the two-day weekly window of Tuesdays and Wednesdays that allows for residents to re-stock foodstuff.

The Solicitor-General said that the mobile courts will “deal with violators summarily without the need for the present cumbersome procedure of taking offenders to court over such violations.”

According to Umar, magistrates that will preside over the mobile courts have already been assigned by the State Ministry of Justice.

He explained that the  Magistrates will be sitting at various locations across the city starting with Kakuri, Kawo, Magajin Gari, Rigasa, Sabon-Tasha, Maraban Rido and Rigachikun.

Ignatius Igwe

Disqus Comments Loading...

Recent Posts

  • Headlines

BREAKING: President Buhari Approves Phased Easing Of Lockdown In Lagos, Ogun, FCT

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the phased and gradual easing of the lockdown in Lagos and Ogun states as well…

3 mins ago
  • Coronavirus
  • Headlines
  • Local

BREAKING: Governor Sanwo-Olu Announces Discharge Of 15 Former COVID-19 Patients

  Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has announced the discharge of 15 former COVID-19 patients. This is according to…

1 hour ago
  • Local

Bayelsa Orders Total Lockdown After Confirming Index Case Of COVID-19

  Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has declared a total lockdown in the state, starting from midnight of Monday, April…

1 hour ago
  • Local

Borno Missing COVID-19 Patients Found, Taken To Isolation Center

    Two patients who have earlier gone missing after testing positive to COVID-19 in Borno State have been found.…

2 hours ago
  • Local

COVID-19: Lockdown Is Necessary To Curb Spread Of Virus, Says Minister

  The Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mrs Ramatu Aliyu, says the lockdown imposed by President…

3 hours ago
  • Coronavirus
  • Local

SGF Calls For Unity, Says COVID-19 Fight Is For All Nigerians

    The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has called for unity in the fight against…

3 hours ago