In News by stephen abiodun on the 19th, May, 2020

Court docket convicts proprietor, supervisor of demolished resort in Rivers –

Court convicts owner, manager of demolished hotel in Rivers -

A magistrates’ court docket in Port Harcourt has convicted and fined the proprietor and supervisor of demolished Prodest Resort in Eleme, Gogorobari Needam and Bariledum Azoroh N50,000 for contravening the State Government Order on COVID-19.

Though Needam was not current in court docket, the court docket ordered that Azoroh ought to be quarantined on the isolation centre in Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Elekahia for 14 days to establish his coronavirus standing.

Senior Justice of the Peace, Rita Oguguo, who delivered the judgement yesterday, mentioned the accused violated Governor Nyesom Wike’s government order on closure of motels within the state, saying the accused violated paragraph three and four of the chief order quantity 7.

Earlier than his sentence, Azoroh had insisted on seeing his counsel, Godwin Awi, who was absence in court docket attributable to his incapacity to get a move that allowed entry the court docket attributable to continued lockdown of Port Harcourt and Obio-Akpor council areas.

He lamented that despite the plea by his consumer to get his counsel to defend him, the court docket went forward to convict him, including, “With what has occurred, it’s clear that there are different underlying points that most likely we have no idea.

“I don’t agree with every little thing that has transpired as we speak according to the truth that the Structure is evident as to the problem of proper to counsel, enough time and facility for an accused individual standing trial to defend himself.”

In the meantime, Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Mrs. Ipalibo Harry Banigo has dismissed insinuations that Governor Wike was sidelining her within the battle towards COVID-19 and implementation of different state authorities’s programmes and insurance policies.

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Banigo, a public well being professional, mentioned the assertion from the Centre for Public Belief (CPT) through which it requested Governor Wike to cease sidelining her was executed in unhealthy religion.

In an announcement issued by her spokesperson, Owupele Benebo, the deputy governor mentioned she would have ignored the group, however that it was vital to set the information straight in order that Rivers individuals and the bigger society wouldn’t be made to imagine the falsehood that Wike had relegated her to the background.

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