Violators of guidelines put in place by Edo State Government to check the spread of infectious coronavirus disease in the state are in trouble as the state judiciary has constituted mobile courts to try such offenders.
Offenders would be tried under the Edo State Dangerous Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020.
Governor Godwin Obaseki had on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, signed the Quarantine Regulations, made pursuant to Section 8 of the Quarantine Act, the Public Health Law and other legislation.
It gives legal sanctions to the response actions of the Edo State Government to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A statement by the Chief Registrar, High Court of Justice, Edo State, W.I. Aziegbemhin said the state’s judiciary constituted the Mobile Courts in the 18 local government areas of the state, to determine cases arising from violations of the provisions of the Regulation.
“Sequel to the signing into law of the Edo State Dangerous Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020 and pursuant to its provisions and guidelines issued thereto, as well as toward the enforcement of the aforesaid provisions, the general public, especially stake holders in the Criminal Justice Administration sector, is hereby informed that the Honourable Chief Judge of Edo State, Hon. Justice E. A. Edigin, has constituted Edo State Dangerous Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Mobile Courts 2020 to determine cases arising from violations of the provisions of the said regulation.
“To this end, 5 (five) Chief Magistrates (Special Grade) have been mandated to preside over the designated courts in Oredo, Ikpoba-Okha, and Egor local governments.
“In addition, the most senior Magistrate in other local governments in Edo South, Edo Central and Edo North in Edo State are also constituted as Mobile Courts in their jurisdictions for this purpose,” the statement said.