Kano court imposes fine, punishes Imams over lockdown violation

Kano court imposes fine, punishes Imams over lockdown violation

- With the alarming situation of coronavirus in Kano, the state government is not relenting on enforcing its lockdown order on residents

- A court in the state on Friday, May 8, fined two Imams for conducting public prayers amid the government's stay-at-home directive

- As part of the punishment imposed by the court, the clerics are to sweep the residence of the district head of Minjibir for seven days

Two Imams in Kano have incurred the wrath of the law against religious gathering imposed by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje as well as the presidency.

According to Premium Times, the clerics, whose identities were not disclosed, conducted public prayers for some Muslim faithful in the Minjibir local government area of the state.

In a ruling made known by Baba Jibo-Ibrahim, the spokesperson of the Kano state ministry of justice, the court fined the religious head a sum of N10,000 each.

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Added to this, both Imams are to sweep the residence of the district head of the area for one whole week.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had confirmed 195 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 3,145.

The federal health agency made the announcement via its Twitter handle at 12.01 am on Thursday, May 7.

Fifty-three more persons were discharged, bringing the total from 481 to 534 recoveries, while the number of fatalities increased from 98 to 103.

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Lagos state led the pack in the latest report with 82 cases while Kano state followed with 30 cases. Zamfara state has 19 cases, Sokoto 18, Borno 10, FCT has nine, Oyo got eight, Kebbi and Gombe have five cases each, Ogun has four, Katsina has three while Kaduna and Adamawa have one case each.

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The latest data shows Lagos still accounts for a significant number of the country’s total figure with 1,308 confirmed cases, while Kano which confirmed its index case on April 11 now has 427 COVID-19 patients. The latest five deaths recorded on Wednesday, May 6, occurred in the state.

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