Court convicts nine for illegal waste disposal


By Precious Igbonwelundu

 

For dumping refuse indiscriminately, nine persons arrested by the Lagos State Environment Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) have been sentenced to a week in prison or N5,000 each.

The convicts Gabriel Joel, 25, Segun Adekunle, 30, Joel Godwin, 20, Kabiru Aliu, 44, Aminu Lawal, 44, Christy Nwamkama, Ochanya Ejembi, 20, Mercy Amu, 20 and Garuba Abdul Kadiri, 20 were arraigned before Chief Magistrate MA Ojo in Ogba on Thursday after their arrest in different parts of the state.

It was gathered that they were arrested during a joint exercise with officials of Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and later charged to court.

The suspects were said to have pleaded guilty to a charge of indiscriminate waste disposal in public places under the Environmental Management and Protection Law, 2017 and were sentenced after their pleas for leniency.

“The Magistrate ruled that the offenders be imprisoned for one week or pay a fine of ₦5,000. Seven out of the…



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