Lagos prosecutes nine environmental offenders


The Lagos State Environment Sanitation Corp (LAGESC) has arrested nine persons for violating the Environmental Law of the State before the Special Offences Court, Samuel Ilori Court in Ogba, Lagos.

The violators were arrested during the joint operation exercise of LAGESC and the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) in different locations which include; Ikeja, Agege, Oregun, Jakande, Lekki/Epe Express Way for indiscriminate dumping of refuse in Lagos metropolis.

The offenders include; Gabriel Joel, 25; Segun Adekunle, 30; Joel Godwin, 20; Kabiru Aliu, Aminu Lawal, 44 and Christy Nwamkama. Others are Ochanya Ejembi, 20; Mercy Amu, 20 and Garuba Abdul Kadiri. 20.

The environmental offenders who were arraigned under Chief Magistrate M. A Ojo for committing an offence for dumping of refuse illegally in a public places contrary to the Environmental Management and Protection Law 2017.

When their charge was read by the court, they pleaded guilty as charged and begged the magistrate to tamper justice with mercy.

The Magistrate ruled that the offenders be imprisoned for one week or pay a fine of ₦5,000. Seven out of the offenders fulfilled their bail conditions while the other defaulting two (Kabiru Aliyu and Aminu Lawal) were remanded pending the fulfillment of their bail conditions or acceptance of option of imprisonment.

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