Ghana fines six Nigerians for attending a birthday party during lockdown

Six Nigerians have been fined by a court in Ghana after attending a birthday party on Saturday in the capital, Accra.

Gatherings were banned under a three-week lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus , which has now been partially lifted.

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The six pleaded guilty and were fined around 14,259 GHS each. Upon default, they will face a prison term of five years.

At least 50 people are said to have attended the birthday party in Teshie a suburb of Accra. But the police say they only managed to arrest six people while the rest are still at large.

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Ghana has lifted restrictions on movement imposed in parts of the country, but the ban on public gatherings and school openings is still in force while its borders remain shut for two more weeks to prevent the spread of coronavirus.