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  • Eagles Square in Nigeria's capital Abuja usually hosts concerts, rallies and even presidential inaugurations.

  • But since the onset of the global health crisis, it has a new role punishing those who break the rules.

  • It's the site for one of several pop up courts that are being deployed across the country.

  • They can be dismantled each day and moved to new locations.

  • Unemployed graduate Martin Yuka is one of those brought by police to appear before a judge for breaking rules such as mask wearing, social distancing and limiting gatherings.

  • Actually, where they came to arrest me, too.

  • I never knew they were up to this show, and if not, I was serving my fix, my son.

  • He and several dozen others are fined 3000 naira, or nearly eight U.

  • S.

  • Dollars with an option of community service.

  • They are arguably lucky.

  • Under the law, they could be jailed for up to six months.

  • Yuka says he will be careful in the future.

  • I don't really feel bad.

  • I'm paying for my sins.

  • Actually, rights groups have warned that arbitrary enforcement of the rules could lead to rights abuses.

  • But the government is adamant that there should be no let up on the rules even as it rolls out.

  • Vaccines, Africa's most populous nation, started vaccinations last week after receiving nearly four million doses through the World Health Organization's Kovacs scheme.

Eagles Square in Nigeria's capital Abuja usually hosts concerts, rallies and even presidential inaugurations.

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Mobile courts target Nigeria's COVID-19 rule-breakers

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/03/13
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