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COVID-19: 2 clerics arraigned over alleged violation religious gathering ban in Nasarawa

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Police in Nasarawa State on Monday arraigned two Muslim Clerics for allegedly violating the ban on religious gathering in the state.

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Recall that the Federal Government and the Nasarawa State Government had banned religious gathering as parts of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

Addressing the Mobile Court on Monday in Lafia, George Idoko, Prosecuting Counsel, explained that Mohammed Adeka of 500 Housing Estate Lafia and Yahaya Saleh of Mararaba Akunza all in Lafia, were arrested for holding Friday Congregational prayers.

The prosecuting counsel said the offences contravened  the proclamation by the government banning religious gathering to contain COVID-19 that is ravaging the entire world.

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The prosecutor, therefore, urged the court to sanction the defendants in order to serve as deterrent to others and safe members of the public from being infected by the virus.

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The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the offence.

Magistrate Yahaya Sharfa, granted Adeka  bail in the sum of N500, 000 while Saleh was granted bail in the sum of N300, 000 with surety each in like sum.


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