10 persons were sentenced to two months imprisonment each by a mobile magistrate’s court in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State over their involvement in unmethodical dumping of refuse.
The prosecutor, Mrs. Bolaji Ogunsan, told the court that “the offenders were caught in the act at Ajilosun and Nigerian Television Area road areas in the state capital.
The magistrate, Timothy Abe, in his judgment, said, “The culprits were found culpable of the offence under Section 7b and Section 12, Subsection 4 of Ekiti State Environmental Health and Sanitation Law of 2020”.
Abe hence sentenced the 10 defendants to two months imprisonment with option of fine of N5,000 each.
The court also granted the plea for mercy by one of the offenders, who could not afford the fine, and was made to observe community service.
The Commissioner for Environment, Mrs. Iyabo Fakunle-Okieimen, who expressed disappointment at the attitude of the offenders, warned Ekiti residents against violating environmental laws and always keep their environment clean and safe to prevent diseases.
Fakunle-Okieimen also noted the commitment of the Dr. Kayode Fayemi administration on the provision of healthy and conducive environment for Ekiti people to guard against the outbreak of epidemics.
She said, “The Task Force will continue to move round to enforce environmental laws. Whoever is caught will be prosecuted according to environmental extant law.”