Kaduna Court Convicts Army General, Cleric For Lockdown Violation

A Kaduna Mobile Court  has convicted a serving Army General for violating the COVID-9 lockdown order  of the Kaduna State Government  to contain  the  spread of the pandemic.

The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Aisha Dikko, said  this in a statement on Monday. However, Dikko   did not   reveal the name of the military    chief.

The AG, who  warned  residents against  violating  the lockdown order, said the  Kakuri Mobile Court arrested  the  General  at  Toll Gate  area of Kaduna-Abuja Expressway.

She  said  the army chief,   who was in uniform, was  arrested  while driving into the state   from Abuja with three passengers not wearing  face masks.

Dikko said, “The  General identified himself and said he was coming from Abuja and on  official duties. However, the court tried and convicted the other three passengers for not complying with the stay-at-home order and wearing face masks.”

The commissioner also said the court convicted a popular Islamic cleric in the state, Sheikh Yusuf  Rigachukun, and  his son for violating the lockdown order.

Dikko said the duo were  arrested at Kaduna State University junction for violating the stay-at-home order and not wearing face masks.

She  said the cleric  told the court that he was invited by the  Kaduna State Media Corporation for a radio programme, hence  he did not obey  the lockdown order.

Dikko said,   “Rigachukun and his son  were however  both charged for not wearing face masks  and were  fined  N5, 000 each. In addition,  the court asked the cleric to perform community service,  by informing the public on  how to stop the spread of  Covid-19.”