No less than 33 residents of Lagos State were on Thursday brought before the Samuel Ilorin Magistrate’s Court, Ogba and subsequently sentenced to different terms of imprisonment and community service for violating the state Environmental Sanitation Laws 2017.
It was gathered that the offenders were arrested by operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) on Tuesday, January 30, around Ikeja, Iyana-Ipaja, Mushin and Iyana-Isolo areas, among others, for illegal street trading, indiscriminate dumping of refuse and illegal crossing of the highways.
The Magistrate, Ogundare Olayiwola, was said to have sentenced each of the accused on one count of indiscriminate dumping of refuse to five months’ imprisonment, with an option of N20,000 fine.
“Those arraigned on one count of illegal street trading were sentenced to five months’ imprisonment, with an option of N20,000 fine.
“Those on one count of illegal crossing of highways were sentenced to five hours’ community service, with an option of N10,000 fine,” the Head of the Public Affairs Unit, LAGESC, Alabi Rahmat, added in a statement.
In the statement, the Executive Secretary, LAGESC, Mrs. Idowu Mohammed, stressed that the agency would not relent in arresting environmental defaulters in line with the state government policy of sanitising the environment.
She, however, appealed to Lagosians to always obey the laws of the state in their own interest.