Lockdown violation: Court fines 2 drivers in Plateau
From Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Following lockdown and no movement of vehicles within the state and inter- state boarder closure, two drivers who came from Nasarawa State have been arrested for violating the lockdown order in Plateau State and taken to a Mobile Court in Bukuru, Jos South Local Government Area of the state.
Our correspondent reports that one of the drivers drove a truck to the state, while the other with a bus that conveyed 24 persons and was charged to pay fines for violating the total lockdown order in the state.
During interrogation, the truck driver told the court that they were on their way to Jigawa State from Lafia, Nasarawa State and he had 16 passengers with him in the truck.
While in his explanation, the bus driver told the court that he had six passengers also traveling to Bauchi from Lafia, Nasarawa State.
The Mobile Court found them guilty and asked the driver of the truck to pay a fine of N20.000 only, while the bus driver was charged to pay N10.000 only for breaking the law.
Our correspondent reports that despite the CCTV camera and other security operatives at the border areas, the entry points were still porous.
Some people who spoke to our correspondent, have this to say:
“One would wonder how can a truck and a bus pass through the check points after forest only to be arrested inside town, could it be the security are being compromised?”
Those who spoke to our correspondent had commended the state government for taking measures to curtail the spread of the COVID-19, expressing dismay over government’s decision to have ordered a total lockdown without a corresponding palliative measures to cushion its effect on citizens.