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100 arrested in Rivers state for violating COVID-19 lockdown order ( Photos)



Over 100 residents of Rivers state have been arrested by the police for violating a lockdown order issued by the state government. 

Residents of the state who were arrested by the police in different parts of Port Harcourt between Monday and Thursday were charged with three-count of conspiracy, disobedient to Governors’ directive, street trading which caused a breach of public peace.

They were arraigned before Dr Rita Oguguo, Chief Magistrate D.D. Ihua-Maduenyi and Senior Magistrate V E Nweke in their various courts who granted bail to the suspects. 

Those who pleaded guilty were fined N10,000 while those who pleaded not guilty were granted bail of N100,000 with two sureties who must be verified by the prosecutors. Their cases were adjourned to 6th of April for hearing.

The state government was however accused of not practicising the social distancing it has been canvassing for, as over 100 persons were reportedly placed in one cell unit.