ABUJA – A mobile court sitting at the Eagle Square in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has convicted five clerics, among them three Imams and two pastors, for violating the presidential sit-at-home order.
They were convicted by Presiding Magistrate Idayat Akonni, who sentenced them to one month imprisonment with an option of a fine of N5, 000, in addition to a supervised community service for one day.
Those convicted were Imam Abdullahi Mohammed of Gwarinpa Estate, Imam Suleiman Idris of Mobi Close, Area 11, Garki, and Deputy Imam Useni Umar of the same address.
Others were Pastor Phillips Olumbori of Celestial Church of Christ, Lugbe, and Rev Moses Chinedu of Mercy City Gospel Centre, Aco Estate, Lugbe.
Speaking to newsmen after the court verdict, the chairman, FCT Ministerial Enforcement Task Team on COVID-19 Operations, Comrade Ikharo Attah, hinted that various mobile courts which sat at different locations within the territory convicted over 73 violators on Sunday.
On the judgment, he said: “The verdict, though mild, is a welcome development.
“Those sentenced should be worried because they are now ex-convicts, having been found guilty and sentenced by a competent court of law.”
Attah wondered why it had become very difficult for custodians and enforcers of divine laws to obey national laws that did not prohibit or infringe on their freedom of religion.