…11 Defaulters To Pay Fine, Community Service

ABUJA- The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Mobile Court on Monday ordered the closure of Missouri Hotel, located in Maitama District of the nation’s capital, for allegedly operating a nightclub within curfew hours, in contravention of the COVID-19 regulation, 2020.

Sealing of Missouri Hotel in Abuja

Similarly, the court presided over by Magistrate Idayat Akanni, which at the Eagles Square, ordered that the hotel be sealed up for the period of one week.

The court, also tried and sentenced eleven defaulters to engage in three-day community service, with the fine of N5,000 each.

Defaulters before the magistrate

Our correspondent gathered that six out of the eleven defaulters found guilty, are 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 nation’s capital.

Other five persons were those found on the premises , arrested for partaking in the social gathering, which according to the court constituted night club activities.

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.(independent.ng)

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