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

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

Two Pastors have been arraigned at a Kaduna State Chief Magistrate Court for holding Church Service.

The Pastors held Church Services on Sunday, April 5, 2020, at the Sabon Tasha area of Chikun Local Government Area of the State, defying the lockdown order imposed by the State Government to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.

According to a statement by the Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, the two Clergymen, Pastor Ifeanyi Ojonu and Pastor Giniki Okafor, were arraigned on two counts of Criminal Conspiracy and Disobedience to a legitimate order under sections 59 and 115 of the Penal Code of Kaduna State.

Mr Aruwan stated that 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.

He further explained that restriction of movement has been flouted by many residents and commercial hubs operating illegally, thereby forcing the State Government to threaten to close the two-day window provided for residents to re-stock food supplies, should the people continue disobeying the Quarantine Law.

The Commissioner, however, commended religious and traditional rulers who have urged their members to obey the Government’s orders.

Mr Arunwa further said: “The Government wishes to reiterate that nobody is above the law and everyone is equal in the eyes of the law. For this reason, the Quarantine Law will be applied without fear or favour, until the lockdown is duly lifted.”

The Commissioner also urged residents to report any infringement of fundamental human rights by either Security Agents or Government officials.


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