The filling station owners were jailed with an option of fine.
A mobile sanitation court in Sokoto on Saturday sealed 17 filling stations for flouting the state’s sanitation law.
The filling stations were operating during the period of the state’s monthly sanitation. The exercise holds from 7.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. every last Saturday of the month.
The sealed filling stations include those owned by major and independent petroleum marketers, as well as two mega stations of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC).
Magistrate Shu’aibu Ahmed sentenced the owners of the filling stations to three months imprisonment each with an option of N10, 000 fine.
Mr. Ahmed also sentenced owners of five shops sealed during the sanitation period to two months imprisonment each with an option of N2,000 fine.
Twenty-three motorists arrested for the same offence got three weeks jail term each with an option of N 2,000 fine.
The court also sentenced 61 motorcyclists to one week imprisonment with an option of N1,000 fine.
Mr. Ahmed warned and released many pedestrians arrested for flouting the sanitation law.
Retired Squadron Leader Aminu Bala, the Chairman of the state task force on sanitation, removal of illegal structures and beautification of Sokoto City, warned owners of filling stations to obey the law.
“Offenders, including filling station operators, will, as from next month, be sentenced to harsher jail terms,’’ he said.
We are also issuing a one-month ultimatum to owners of all residential and commercial premises to keep them clean or get prosecuted,” Mr. Bala said.
He, however, commended the residents of the state for their support and cooperation, urging them not to relent in their efforts.