|A Magistrate Court in Port Harcourt has granted bail to over 200 persons arrested for disobeying the curfew imposed by Rivers State Government over the coronavirus pandemic.
The accused persons were arraigned in court by the Police on a three-count charge bothering on loitering and intentionally disobeying lawful order issued by Rivers State Governor.
However, some of the accused persons pleaded guilty while some pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Delivering ruling on the charges, Magistrate R.C. OGUGUO granted bail of ten thousand naira to those that pleaded guilty also granted bail of hundred thousand naira to those that pleaded not-guilty with two sureties.
Court Correspondent UGOCHUKWU IWUCHUKWU reports that the matter was adjourned to the 6th of April for hearing.
In the meantime, some relatives of the accused persons have decried what they termed unwarranted arrests of their loved ones by the Police for flouting the curfew imposed by the state government.
Some of them who spoke to our correspondent said the idea of mass arrest by the Police may lead to an outbreak of coronavirus in Rivers State due to the number of people caged in cell at the same time.
they complained that government is insisting on social distancing while parking over two hundred persons in police holding facilities.