A Mobile Court of Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB sitting at eagle square in Abuja has convicted over 50 ladies, for violating provisions of the COVID-19 Regulations, 2020.
The ladies who were arraigned before Magistrate Idayat Akanni, however pleaded guilty to the charges filed against them.
Magistrate Akanni consequently found them guilty and ordered them to pay a fine of the sum of N1000 each as well as N2000 naira each for violating COVID 19 protocol and were given option of two weeks community service to FCT Administration.
The regulations were made by a Presidential Order pursuant to Section 4 of the Quarantine Act, Cap. 02, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
Handing down the fines to the violators, the Magistrate Idayat Akanni said the ladies were arrested by AEPB Enforcement team in the early hours of Friday loitering in different streets in Wuse and Maitama areas of the Federal Capital Territory.
Similarly, the Court also fined about 20 hawkers, artisans and road side mechanics two thousand and three thousand naira respectively and option of two Weeks community service to FCT Administration.
They were arrested by the AEPB Enforcement Team in Kado Life Camp roundabout by Conoil Filling Station.
Speaking with journalists after the court sitting in Old Parade Ground, Abuja, the Director of Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, Alhaji Baba Shehu Lawan reminded residents of the FCT to always abide by COVID 19 regulations put in place by the Presidential Task Force, PTF on COVID 19 and the FCT Administration.
Alhaji Lawan who said AEPB would not hesitate to sanction anyone violating COVID 19 protocol advised residents of the FCT to support the FCT Administration in its fight against corona virus in the Territory.
On the hawkers, artisans and road side mechanics arrested along Mabuchi, Kado roundabout, the AEPB Director said the move was part of efforts to ensure a clean, hygenic and environmental friendly capital city.
According to him, it is also part of strategies towards restoring the Abuja master plan.
He said AEPB had in several occasions warned residents of the FCT to desist from street hawking and operating their business activities in illegal and unathorized places.
While reiterating the commitment of AEPB towards a clean Abuja, Alhaji Lawan called for the support of all stakeholders in the activities of the Board.
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