Chief Judge of Kwara state, Justice Sulyman Kawu, has designated magistrate courts in the state to hear and determine breaches of the lock down regulation and other related extant laws in the state.
According to a statement signed by the Chief Registrar of the State High Court, Serifat Bola Olanipekun, in Ilorin on Monday, the development followed signing of the Kwara state Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020 and the issuance of restriction of both human and vehicular movements order by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.
The courts according to the statement would commence sitting on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, adding that commencement of the trial would help to protect lives of the citizenry against the ravaging corona virus pandemic.
“For the information of relevant stakeholders and members of the public, admittance of offenders/defendants, legal practitioners, prosecutors and others into the courtrooms shall be strictly on case by case basis and only after they have been subjected to temperature checks , hand washing and other sanitary measures put in place at the court premises.
“In addition, sitting arrangements in the court rooms shall be in strict compliance with the social distancing guidelines issued by the relevant bodies.
“His Lordship urges members of the public to strictly comply with the restriction order of the government by staying at home and to avoid gathering in crowds for protection of all and sundry”, the statement said.