Court Jails Lagos Residents Over Illegal Dumping of Refuse
No fewer than 33 residents of Lagos have been sentenced to prison and various terms of community services for violating the state environmental laws.
The Samuel Ilori Magistrate’s Court, Ogba, gave the verdict on Thursday after the offenders were arraigned before it by the State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC).
According to LAGESC officer who briefed our correspondent, the offenders were apprehended on Tuesday in various areas of the state, including Ikeja, Mushin, Iyana-Ipaja, and Iyana-Isolo.
The officer said that most of them were involved in illegal dumping of refuse, illegal street trading and illegal crossing of the highways.
The Magistrate, Ogundare Olayiwola, 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.
However, those who crossed the highways were sentenced to five hours’ community service, with an option of N10,000 fine.
Reacting to the judgment, the Head of the Public Affairs Unit, LAGESC, Alabi Rahmat, said the agency would not relent on apprehending Lagosians that would not obey the state environmental laws.