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Lagos court convicts 26 for indiscriminate waste disposal

A Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Magistrate Court, sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, has imposed a ₦30,000 fine per person or the option of community service on 26 persons for engaging in reckless waste disposal in the state.

This was disclosed in a statement posted on the official X handle of the Lagos State Government on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the environmental offenders were arrested by the enforcement team of the Lagos Waste Management Authority in collaboration with the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps at different locations in the state, disposing of their refuse in unauthorised places.

The LAWMA Managing Director, Muyiwa Gbadegesin, said that the ongoing joint enforcement action by the authority had been intensified, in line with the zero-tolerance policy of the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

He said, “The era of recklessness and disdain for the environment is over. Anyone caught under whatever guise will be made to face the wrath of the law. The exercise is a continuous one.”

Gbadegesin also urged residents to support efforts made to sanitise the environment by shunning acts of reckless waste disposal by having waste receptacles at home and patronising only accredited PSP operators, warning that there would be no hiding place for defaulters.

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