COVID-19: Kaduna sets up mobile courts to try violators of curfew


Kaduna State Government has set up mobile courts to try violators of the curfew declared following the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home affairs, Samuel Aruwan disclosed this in a statement, Friday morning.

The statement reads: “In it’s efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19, the Kaduna State Government has set up mobile courts to try violators of the lockdown order.

“Senior Magistrates have been assigned to head 8 mobile courts within Kaduna and environs with immediate effect in these locations:

Kawo, Rigacikun, Maraban Rido, Gabasawa, Kakuri, Rigasa, Magajin, Gari, Sabon Tasha.”

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

Recall that Deputy Governor, 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 26th, but there have been violations of the restriction of movement order, social distancing and the gathering of large crowds have been reported.

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.”


Aneta Felix

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