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COVID-19 Lockdown: Two Clerics Arraigned For Holding Service In Kaduna

 

Two pastors have been arrested and arraigned at a Kaduna State Chief Justice of the Peace Court docket for holding church service final Sunday on the Sabon Tasha space of Chikun Native Authorities Space of the state, defying the lockdown order imposed by the state authorities to curb the unfold of the COVID 19.

In accordance with an announcement by the Commissioner of Inner Safety and House Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the 2 clergymen, Pastor Ifeanyi Ojonu and Pastor Giniki Okafor have been arraigned on two counts of Legal Conspiracy and Disobedience to a legit order underneath sections 59 and 115 of the Penal Code of Kaduna State.

“Since the Government declared Kaduna State a Public Health area and Coronavirus a dangerous infectious disease 12 days ago, there have been various forms of violations of the Quarantine Law,” Aruwan said.

He additional defined that restriction of motion has been flouted by many residents and business hubs working illegally, thereby forcing the state authorities to threaten to shut the two-day window supplied for residents to re-stock meals provides, ought to the individuals proceed disobeying the Quarantine Regulation.

He, nevertheless, recommended spiritual and conventional rulers who’ve urged their members to obey the federal government’s orders.

“The religious community has substantially complied with the lockdown as Muslim daily congregational prayers, including Jumma’at prayers, have been suspended. Likewise, church services have not been held,” Aruwan stated.

“However some Muslim clerics held congregational prayers on March 27th, 2020, at Unguwar Kanawa and Malali areas of Kaduna North Native Authorities.

“They have been promptly arrested and subsequently arraigned earlier than a Chief Justice of the Peace Court docket on March 30th, 2020, to display authorities’s dedication to prosecute violators of the Quarantine Regulation.

“Apparently, some clergymen misinterpret the federal government’s robust sign, as they flouted the legislation and disobeyed the warning of varied leaders of religion, by holding church service.

“The Authorities needs to reiterate that no person is above the legislation and everyone seems to be equal within the eyes of the legislation. Because of this, the Quarantine Regulation might be utilized with out concern or favour, till the lockdown is duly lifted,”.

In the meantime, the commissioner urged residents to report any infringement of elementary human rights by both safety brokers or authorities officers.

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