By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
Nine persons have been sentenced to one-week imprisonment over illegal waste disposal in Lagos State.
The Special Offences Court, (Environmental Unit), Ogba ruled that their action was in clear violation of the Environmental Law of Lagos.
The violators were arrested during the enforcement operation by the Lagos State Environment Sanitation Corp (LAGESC) and the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) in different locations for indiscriminate dumping of refuse on the roads.
Of the nine environmental offenders, six were men and three women, who were arraigned before the Special Offences Court presided over by Chief Magistrate M. A Ojo for dumping refuse illegally in a public place which is contrary to and punishable under the Environmental Management and Protection Law 2017.
When their charge was read, they pleaded guilty to the charges but begged the court to temper justice with mercy.
Ojo, however, sentenced them to one-week imprisonment with an option of ₦5,000 fine.
Seven out of the offenders fulfilled their bail conditions while the remaining two were remanded in custody pending the fulfilment of their bail conditions or imprisonment.
Commenting on the incident, the Corps Marshal of the Agency, ex-commissioner of Police, Akinpelu Gbemisola, noted that the present administration was passionate about the safety of lives and cleanliness of the environment, hence, has directed LAGESC to effectively clampdown on all violators of environmental laws in the State.
On the impersonation of officers of the Agency by criminally minded individuals, she warned that anyone caught in the act will be made to face the full wrath of the law.
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