Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory Mobile Court has ordered the sealing up of Missouri hotel, located in Maitama District of Abuja, for allegedly operating a nightclub within curfew hours, in contravention of the COVID-19 regulation, 2020.
The court presided over by Magistrate Idayat Akanni, which sat at the Eagles Square, ordered that the hotel be sealed up for a period of one week.
The court also tried and sentenced eleven defaulters to three-days community service, with the payment of fine of N5,000 each.
Voice of Nigeria gathered that six of the defaulters found guilty, were staff of the hotel, who were apprehended by the COVID-19 enforcement team for opening up their business within the curfew hours, which is from 10pm to 6am within the FCT. The other five persons were those found on the premises and arrested for flouting the the social gathering order.
Speaking with newsmen, the prosecutor, Udeme Umanah , who is also the Chief State Counsel to the FCT, explains that: “Eleven defaulters arraigned before the mobile court were tried and found them guilty , and sentenced accordingly.
He stated that, “They opened up their hotel and were engaged in night club activities in the area, thereby they were arrested.”
Chairman of FCT Ministerial TaskForce on COVID -19, Ikharo Attah, who led his team to enforce the seal up order, said the arrests on Sunday, and trial of defaulters on Monday respectively, followed the receipt of complaints from the residents of the area.
Attah said gallant security personnel visited the hotel, and discovered that activities there were in contravention of COVID-19 guidelines, they made arrests on Sunday.
“The hotel has been sealed up pending when the court decides otherwise, in the next one week, until then, the place is to remain under lock and key.
“The action is to serve as a deterrent to others , who run nightclubs, bars and restaurants, to ensure that they actually obey the rules. And if we found anybody like this, the place will actually be sealed up.
“Those who are running nightclubs and hotels should please desist from violating the COVID-19 guidelines, only hotels are allowed to open for business, while their bars and nightclubs should not be opened, as anyone who contravenes should face the music.”
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