A Magistrates Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has founded guilty the owner of the destroyed Prodest Hotel in Eleme, Gogorobari Needam and his manager, Bariledum Azoroh over defiance of state government’s COVID-19 lockdown order.The Court also fined the parties N50,000 each for contravening Guv Nyesom Wike’s Executive Order.
Governor Nyesom Wike had last week demolished Prodest Hotel in Alode and Etemeteh Hotel in Onne, both in Eleme Resident Federal Government Area of the state.
Wike stated the hotels were destroyed after it breached his Executive Order on COVID 19, despite warnings that prohibited the operation of hotels across the 23 City Government Areas of the State.
The Guv had actually described that the concentrate on hotels was since among the coronavirus cases in the state spread the infection from a hotel.
However, throughout the Court case, Needam was founded guilty in spite of not existing in court, Providing her verdict, Senior Magistrate Rita Oguguo, bought that Azoroh be quarantined at the isolation centre in Yakubu Gowon Stadium,
Elekahia for 2 week to establish his coronavirus status She ruled that the accused breached Governor Nyesom Wike’s executive order on closure of hotels in the state as consisted of in Rivers State Executive order Number 7, paragraphs 3 and 4.
Earlier before his sentence, Azoroh had insisted on seeing his counsel, Godwin Awi, who was absent in court due to his failure to get a gain access to pass to court following the continued lockdown of Port Harcourt and Obio-Akpor council areas.
While revealing his opinion on Monday, Azoroh regreted that in spite of the plea by his client to get his counsel to defend him, the court went ahead to convict him.
“With what has actually happened, it is clear that there are other underlying problems that probably we do not know. I do not concur with everything that has actually transpired today in line with the reality that the Constitution is clear as to the issue of the right to counsel, appropriate time and center for an accused person standing trial to safeguard himself”