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32 persons sentenced to community service for face mask violation in Benin

EDO, Nigeria – Urukpota Mobile Court in Benin on Tuesday sentenced 32 persons for violation of face masks rules imposed by the Edo State government in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The mobile court is part of the state government’s strategy to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus in the state.

Prosecuting counsel, Mr Orubosa Okubor said the 32 persons were apprehended within Benin metropolis and they pleaded liable to the offence

Presiding Chief Magistrate, Mr. Rusberth Imafidon, directed the convicts to carry out community services in line with the Correctional Centre of Non-custodian regulation.

The punishment includes clearing drains, shrubs, picking of trash, compulsory community sensitisation, grass cutting among others

The Chief Magistrate noted that the offenders would be punished for three hours for one day as non-custodial community service without an option of fine to serve as a deterrent to other violators
Correctional officers would handle the offenders during the punishment period the Chief Magistrate added.

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