For indiscriminate dumping of refuse at unauthorized locations within the state, Magistrate Lateef Layeni of the Lagos State Magistrate’s Court, sitting in Oshodi, on Tuesday sentenced three offenders to two weeks’ imprisonment with an option of N5,000.
The convicts; Moses Akpan 72, Mubarak Musa 22, and Niyi Oladapo 28, were arrested by the enforcement team of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) on Monday, around Oyingbo area of the state.
Following his arrest and subsequent conviction, Moses Akpan, a security guard, said he regrets his action and blamed it on ignorance.
“As an old man, I am ashamed to be paraded for this kind of offence. Until now, I was not aware the place is not a dump site, I see people take their wastes there, that was why I took it there. I will never do that again,” he said.
Mr. Akpan was caught at about 8pm on Monday as he was dumping refuse at a black spot around Zenith Bank, Apapa Road.
Mubarak Musa, a load carrier, claimed ignorance of the offence, noting that he was caught alongside Akpan, after dumping a basket full of waste at the black spot.
He added that the waste was generated by some traders around UBA, at Oyingbo market, who asked him to dispose of it.
Niyi Oladapo, a tricycle driver in Otto area of Lagos, who was caught while defecating into a canal, pleaded guilty to the offence, noting that he could not bear the stomach upset he had, which made him commit the offence. He however promised to turn a new leaf.
Commending the Lagos judicial system for always giving prompt attention to environmental cases, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, MD/CEO of LAWMA, urged Lagosians to desist from any act that would pollute the environment, as the state government would no longer tolerate such lifestyle.
he noted that the agency will continue to do all it can within the law to prioritise the health and well-being of all, especially now that the nation and the world at large is battling the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.