Two Pastors, Daramola Abiodun and Sunday Akinwade, have been convicted by Magistrate Court in Ado Ekiti for allegedly conducting a religious gathering of more than 30 persons on Sunday, contrary to the Stay at Home order by Ekiti state government.
The State Prosecutor, Mr Femi Onipede, told the court that the two pastors committed the offence on April 19 at about 10:00 a.m at Source of Salvation Ministries, Omisanjana in Ado-Ekiti in Ado-Ekiti Magisterial District without lawful excuse.
Mr Onipede told the court that the clergymen were arrested during the monitoring by the security operatives to ensure that churches did not conduct service as directed by the state government to curb the spread of covid-19 pandemic in the state.
The prosecutor said they violated the provisions of Regulation 2(1) (b) punishable under Regulation 12 of the Ekiti State Coronavirus (prevention of infection) Regulation, 2020, made pursuant to Section 8 of the Quarantine Act, Cap Q2, LFN, 2004.
The pastors, however pleaded guilty to the charges, thereby not wasting the time of the court.
The Magistrate, Mr Lanre Owoleso, consequently, convicted the two pastors and ordered them to pay the fine of N50,000 each and be engaged in one hour community service on the two count charges.