Lockdown:Kwara CJ designates Magistrate Courts to try violators

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The Kwara State Chief Judge, Justice Sulyman D. Kawu, has designated Magistrate Courts in the State to hear and determine breaches of the regulation and other extent laws as part of efforts to ensure compliance with the lockdown order aimed at curtailing the spread of coronavirus.

The Chief Register of High Court, Chief
Magistrate S.B. Olanipekun in a statement in Ilorin said the setting up of the Courts became necessary following the signing of the Kwara State Infectious Diseases (Emergency
Prevention) Regulations 2020.

He added that it was in line with and the issuance of restriction of both human
and vehicular movements order by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for the protection of the lives of the citizenry against the ravaging coronavirus pandemic.

Olanipekun said,“For the information of relevant stakeholders and members of the public, admittance of offenders/defendants, legal practitioners, prosecutors and others into courtrooms shall be strictly on case by case basis.

The chief registrar said this would be after the offenders/defenders had been subjected to temperature checks, hand washing and other sanitary measures put in place at the court premises.

According to the statement, the arrangements in the courtroom shall bein strict compliance with the social distancing guidelines issued by the relevantbodies.

“The court is expected to begin sitting from Wednesday 15th April from
9:00a.m daily.

“However, his lordship, Justice Kawu, urged members of the public to strictly
comply with the restoration order of the government by staying at home and to avoid gathering in crowds, for the protection of all and sundry,” he added.

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