23 remanded in prison for violating sanitation law in Ogun

Three Chinese were among 41 who paid fines and were freed.

Twenty-three persons were on Saturday ordered to be remanded in prisons in Abeokuta for violating the Ogun State Environmental Sanitation Exercise order.

The offenders were arrested alongside 41 others by law enforcement officials during the monthly sanitation exercise which took place across the state.

All the culprits were brought before the magistrate of a mobile court and were found guilty of violating the state’s sanitation laws and asked to pay fines or go to jail for between one week and three months.

The 41 suspects including three Chinese, who paid their fines, were freed; while 23 others who could not were detained. The latter were taken to prison after they could not meet up with the fines one hour after the sanitation exercise. They were conveyed in a prison van with the inscription, Abeokuta Prisons, Ogun State Command.

Speaking with journalists after the conviction, Wale Olanrewaju, the Media Officer of the Ogun State Ministry of Environment, said those ordered to be remanded in prisons still have the opportunity to pay the fines before Monday for them to be freed.

Similarly, the Special Assistant on Environment to the Governor, Abimbola Lanre-Balogun, in her reaction, frowned at poor compliance of the sanitation laws by residents.

She also called on various Community Development Associations (CDA’s) to desist from using the sanitation day to hold meetings.

The environmental sanitation is held in Ogun and many other states every last Saturday of the month. Residents are ordered to remain indoors between 7 and 10:00 a.m. to clean their environments, in compliance with the sanitation laws.

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