A mobile Magistrate Court in Ado Ekiti has sentenced 10 persons involved in indiscriminate dumping of refuse to two months imprisonment each .

According to the prosecutor, Mrs Ogunsan Bolaji, the offenders were caught in the act at Ajilosun and NTA road areas.

Delivering his judgment, Magistrate Timothy Abe said the culprits were found guilty of the offence under Section 7b and Section 12 of subsection 4 of Ekiti State Environmental Health and Sanitation Law of 2020.

Abe consequently sentenced the 10 defendants to two months imprisonment with option of fine of N 5, 000 each .

The court, however, granted the plea for leniency by one of the offenders, Alaba Kolade who could not afford the fine , and in turn made to observe community service .

Other offenders apprehended by the Environmental Task Force of the Ministry included: Adetimi Kemi, Iyabo Ojo, Ajayi Victoria, Olaoye Omolara and Sunday Risikat.

Others are; Ilori Wuraola, Olayemi Aarinola, Suleiman Hamed and Tadeolu Rotimi.

The Commissioner for Environment , Mrs Iyabo Fakunle -Okieimen , who frowned at the attitude of the offenders , warned Ekiti residents against violating environmental laws and always keep their environment clean and safe from diseases .

Okieimen stressed the commitment of the present administration to provide a healthy and conducive environment for the people of the state so as to guard against the outbreak of epidemics.

According to her, the Task Force would continue to move round to enforce environmental laws adding that whoever is caught would be prosecuted according to environmental extant law.

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