Pandemonium As Magistrate, Prosecutors Run Away After Police Fired Gunshots To Disperse Abuja Mobile Court

July 24, 2020
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Abuja Mobile Court

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According to The Nation, there was pandemonium and sporadic gunshots on Thursday afternoon in Dei-Dei, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), when police officers fired shots to disperse the FCT Mobile Court sitting to try violators of COVID-19 safety protocols.

The incident, which happened at about noon, was said to have thrown residents and motorists into confusion.

Everyone, including the Magistrate, Prosecutors and other Officials scampered for safety.

An eyewitness said trouble started when personnel of the FCT Ministerial Joint Enforcement Task-team on COVID-19 Restrictions arrested a policeman (name withheld) for allegedly not wearing facemask and overloading his vehicle, a Gulf car with passengers.

The culprit, who was arrested around the premises of the court, was said to have called on his colleague (name withheld) to resist his arraignment.

The Nation gathered the two were subsequently charged for the alleged offences and sentenced accordingly.

But they were said to have refused to pay fines or engage in community service as directed by the Court.

Eyewitnesses said the duo mobilised operatives from the Mobile Police Barracks in Dei-Dei who stormed the court, shooting sporadically.

The policemen were said to have dismantled the court’s canopy and vowed they would no longer allow any sitting in the area.

When contacted, Chairman of the Task-team, Ikharo Attah, said he had been adequately briefed about the development.

He expressed confidence in the ability of the FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, to apprehend the erring personnel and mete out appropriate sanctions.

Contacted, FCT Police spokesman, DSP Anjuguri Manzah told The Nation he had not been briefed on the situation.

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