COVID-19: Nigeria court orders compulsory quarantine for 34 Lagos joggers

A Magistrate Court in Lagos has sentenced over 30 lockdown flouters to fourteen-day quarantine and a month community service.

Lagos is currently under a lockdown imposed by the federal government to curb the spread of COVID-19. The group of 34 persons were arrested on Wednesday whiles participating in fitness exercise along a major expressway.

The Lagos State government has also banned gatherings that exceed 20 people. The court subsequently convicted them on a charge of working out in a group larger that 20 persons.

They are to be quarantined at the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Yaba or any government assigned facility, the ruling said. Three of the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.

As of April 8 midday GMT, Nigeria has confirmed 254 coronavirus cases, 130 of which were in Lagos. 44 patients have since been discharged while five deaths have been recorded.

A court earlier this week convicted a popular entertainment couple for holding a party in their home despite the Lagos lockdown.

Popular actress Funke Akindele’s instagram post of the party triggered condemnation following which she was picked along with her husband.