Two Pastors, Daramola Abiodun and Sunday Akinwade, were on Tuesday arraigned at an Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court charged with holding a religious gathering of more than 30 persons, contrary to the stay-at-home order by the Ekiti State Government.
The State Prosecutor, Femi Onipede, told the court that the accused committed the offence on April 19 at about 10am at the Source of Salvation Ministries, Omisanjana in Ado-Ekiti.
He said the pastors were arraigned on a two-count charge of conducting religious gathering of more than 30 persons and violating a lawful order contrary to and punishable under Section 203 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap C16, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
Onipede told the court that the clergymen were arrested during a monitoring exercise by security operatives to ensure that Churches did not conduct service as directed by the state government to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The prosecutor accused the duo of violating the provisions of Regulation 2(1) (b) 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 pleaded guilty to the charge.
The Magistrate, Lanre Owoleso, convicted the two Pastors and ordered them to pay a fine of N50,000 each, and also undertake a one hour community service.