A total of 46 offenders were convicted in Sokoto.
Moblie Court in Sokoto State on Saturday convicted 46 offenders for violating the end of the month sanitation exercise law.
The presiding Magistrate, Shu’aibu Ahmed, said that the court also impounded the vehicles of offenders.
The vehicles impounded comprised 11 cars, one articulate lorry and 34 motorcycles.
Mr. Ahmed held that the offenders contravened Section 16 of the public health (Consolidation) Law, cap 118, Laws of Sokoto State, 1996, and punishable under Section 44 of the law. He sentenced the vehicle owners to three weeks imprisonment with an option of to pay N3, 000 fine, each, while the trailer owner would pay N5, 000 fine.
The magistrate also sentenced the motorcycle owners to seven days imprisonment or an option of N1, 000 fine, each.
“All the convicts have the rights of appeal within 30 days from today,” Mr. Ahmed said.
In Edo, 34 people were also convicted and sentenced to 14 days imprisonment or an option of N5,000 fine, each, for environmental offences by a mobile court.
The Magistrate, Peter Asomota, discharged and acquitted eight out of the 42 people arraigned before the court.
They were arrested in different parts of Edo during the September edition of the monthly environmental sanitation exercise.
The Chairman of the War Against Indiscipline (WAI), Babatunde Olukoga, said the exercise was a success in spite of the rains.
Mr. Olukoga attributed the success to the enlightenment campaigns carried out by the state government on the need to observe the monthly exercise.
The General Manager, Edo State Waste Management Board, Gillian Ochugbue, and the Chairman, Oredo Local Government Area, Osaro Obaze, attributed the low turnout to the early morning rains.
They said it was unfortunate that in spite of sensitisation campaigns, a lot of people still dump refuse indiscriminately, and promised to continue with the public enlightenment programme.
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