Lagos court jails 32-year-old environmental offender
Magistrate T. O. Fashina of a Lagos mobile court, Bolade, Oshodi, has sentenced a 32–year-old man, Abubakar Sanni, to three months imprisonment for environmental offences.
Sani was sentenced for posing under the guise of cart pushing, to vandalise and steal iron rods at Karim Kotun area of Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, who revealed this, yesterday, said: “The authority wants to make it clear that cart pushing remains outlawed in the state.
“The menace of cart pushers has led to the rise of indiscriminate waste disposal, coupled with the fact that criminal elements now hide under it to perpetuate their crimes.”
Odumboni noted that the authority had since the inception of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration, introduced various programmes and initiatives aimed at making Lagos cleaner and liveable for all, as well as empowering Private Sector Participants (PSP) operators, to effectively discharge their statutory duties.
“Since the present administration assumed office, we have taken definite steps towards addressing waste management challenges in the state. One of such was absorbing many of the outlawed cart pushers into the business of recycling, to preserve their livelihood. However, this magnanimous gesture of government shouldn’t be taken for granted,” he stated.
The LAWMA boss reminded the public of the current offensive on all forms of environmental infractions, adding that the agency would not fold its hands and watch some people destroy efforts targeted at making the environment in the state a sustainably cleaner one.
Odumboni said anyone caught contravening the environmental laws would face the full wrath of the law.
“Our enforcement team has been repositioned to monitor the environment across the metropolis and ensure that environmental defaulters are arrested and prosecuted. Currently, some offenders have been arrested and prosecuted for various infractions. This will serve as a deterrent to those bent on eroding the recent gains made on environmental sanitation,” he said.
Odumboni renewed his plea for environmental friendliness, urging residents to embrace the culture of bagging and containerising their waste, and patronising assigned PSP operators instead of cart pushers, who engage in indiscriminate dumping of refuse at road medians, canals and other unauthorised locations.
He also admonished residents to call LAWMA toll-free lines 07080601020 and 617, for all complaints and inquiries on waste management related matters in their area.