For violating the state Environmental Sanitation Laws 2017, 33 Lagosians were handed different terms of imprisonment and community service by the Samuel Ilorin Magistrate’s Court, Ogba, after found guilty.
The imprisoned Lagosians were arrested by the operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, for illegal street trading, indiscriminate dumping of refuse and illegal crossing of the highways, and were arraigned before Magistrate Ogundare Olayiwola.
The arrested culprits were handed a jail sentence of five months, on one count of indiscriminate dumping, with an option of N20,000 fine.
Punch reported that those arraigned on one count of illegal street trading were sentenced to five months’ imprisonment, with an option of N20,000 fine. Those where were on one count of illegal crossing of highways were sentenced to five hours’ community service, with an option of N10,000 fine.
Recall that we reported few weeks ago that 30 cart pushers who dumped their refuse indiscriminately on some roads in Lagos in the middle of the night, were arrested by the Lagos State Government.
Speaking on the arrest of the cart pushers, Chairman of the State’s Task Force on Environmental and Other Special Offences (Enforcement Unit), SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, said the activities of cart pushers in the State are illegal, and investigations revealed they relly dumped refuse on the road side especially at night, thereby sabotaging efforts by the Government to keep the State clean.
Egbeyemi who further confirmed the ban on the activities of cart pushers and wheel barrow operators by the State Government saying those arrested will be prosecuted, warned that anybody found to be working against the new waste management policy encapsulated in the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI), will be prosecuted. According to him, the programme is designed to revolutionalise waste administration in line with global best practices when fully operational.