SWITZERLAND, JUNE 23 – A magistrate Court in the Federal Capital Territory has unsealed the Jabi Lake Mall, which was sealed 10 days ago for hosting a concert organized by popular Nigerian musician, Naira Marley.
The concert attracted a large gathering many of whom did not wear face masks or observe social distancing.
Three staff of the mall were also arraigned for organising the concert in violation of the protocols approved by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
The court then ordered the management of the mall to publish an apology to the government in the national newspapers for violating the COVID-19 guidelines stipulated by the NCDC.
Magistrate Idayat Akonni who gave orders to shut the mall has said that her decision was a sequel to the application filed by the defence counsel, Nnamdi Ekwem, appealing the court to unseal the business premises.
She said that her decision was influenced by the overall interest of those who would be affected adversely by the closure, stating that the mall had over 100 employees and other tenants who are not accomplices in the matter.
According to her, “The order is also based on compassion, especially, in consideration of the economic losses that will be suffered by those affected, coupled with the impact of COVID-19 on the people.”
Commenting on the development, the Chairman of FCT Ministerial TaskForce on COVID -19, Ikharo Attah said the FCTA had no objections to the rulings of the court “because the administration wants to remain a model in obeying the rule of law.