Jabi Lake Mall, which was sealed 10 days ago for hosting a packed concert by Naira Marley has been ordered to reopen by a magistrate Court in the Federal Capital Territory.

Court orders reopening of Jabi Lake mall after closure by government over lockdown violationAfrigistbase recalls that the June 13 drive-in concert hosted by Naira Marley in the mall was condemned on social media, reason because the guests flouted the social distancing  order and other COVID-19 precautionary guidelines(Read Here)

Following the ban of the mall, Magistrate Idayat Akanni has announced today, tuesday June 23 the decision to reopen the mall was a sequel to the application filed by the defence counsel, Nnamdi Ekwem, who asked the court to unseal the business premises.

According to her, her judgment was based on the overall interest of those, who would be affected adversely by the closure, noting that the mall had over 100 employees and other tenants, who are not co-offenders in the matter.

“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.”

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