Court Sentences 26 for Open Defecation, Illegal Dumping of Waste in Ekiti

No fewer than 26 people have been convicted in Ekiti State for open defecation and other environmental offences.
They were sentenced to fines ranging from two thousand to four thousand naira.
Twenty eight people were initially docked in Ado Ekiti for open defecation and indiscriminate dumping of waste in the state but two of the suspects who were underage were, however, discharged and acquitted while the other 26 were convicted and sentenced accordingly.
Magistrate Modupe Afeniforo, who presided over the mobile court, expressed hope that the development would serve as a lesson to people in the habit of dumping waste indiscriminately in the state.
Reacting to the development, the state Commissioner for Environment, Chief Bisi Kolawole said that the state would continue to implement the state Environmental and Sanitation laws to the latter as part of efforts at eradicating open defecation and indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the state.
The Commissioner stressed that no excuse would be tolerated for environmental pollution as culprits would be made to face the full wrath of the law, warning that government was set to commence a continuous house to house monitoring exercise towards ensuring compliance with the policy of having at least a toilet in every house in the state.

Author: News Editor

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