Magistrates Lateef Layeni and Bimbo Oshodi-Makanju have convicted 120 out of the 183 persons arraigned before the mobile court sitting at the Lagos State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department(SCIID), Panti, Yaba, for violating the lockdown order in the state.
The convicted persons were ordered to pay fines ranging from N5,000 to N10,000 and to do community service.
It would be recalled that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, had stated that the violators of the lockdown, who were arrested between Friday and Monday, could not be arraigned due to the public holiday, adding that the mobile court set up by the state Ministry of Justice would resume sitting on Tuesday.
The Officer-in-Charge of the SCIID, DCP Yetunde Longe, said the suspects were arrested by police personnel from different divisions, adding that they were charged for violating the lockdown order so to serve as deterrent to others.
“135 persons, who violated the lockdown order in various parts of the state, were arraigned. When the police officers carrying out enforcement in various parts of the state brought them here, we ensured that their statements were takenand afterwards, we took them to court for arraignment to serve as a deterrent to others.
“The suspects arrested for the unrest in different parts of Lagos will be arraigned before the Yaba Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday,” Alonge said.
Speaking, the coordinator of the mobile court, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Arinola Ogbara-Banjoko said 90 percent of the violators brought for arraignment pleaded guilty, adding that the magistrates, after taking their pleas, sentenced them to community service and also ordered them to pay fines.
Arinola added that those sentenced were asked to pay fines of between N5,000 and N10,000 in addition to community service.
Meanwhile, The Magistrates said that the remaining 10 percent pleaded not guilty, adding that they would be in court on Thursday to continue with their arraignment.