15 jailed for obstructing pedestrian bridges in Lagos

15 jailed for obstructing pedestrian bridges in Lagos

The Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps, (LAGESC) popularly known as KAI, says 15 out of the 17 miscreants apprehended for obstructing pedestrians on the Bolade-Oshodi pedestrian bridge have been sentenced to three months imprisonment without the option of a fine.

LAGESC’s spokesperson, Ajayi Lukman, said on Tuesday that the suspects were arraigned on two counts, bordering on breach of peace and unlawful conversion of government property to use by occupation.

They were, on Monday, arraigned before the Lagos Special Offences Court, Bolade-Oshodi, presided over by a magistrate, S.A Adefioye.

The Corps Marshal of the Agency, Major Olatunbosun Olaniyi Cole (Rtd) revealed this on Tuesday at the Command Headquarters of the Agency, Bolade-Oshodi, saying “the conviction of these criminal elements is a right step in the right direction, being that they have caused irreparable havoc to Lagosians in transit by harassing men, women and dispossessing them of their valuables which forces them to risk their lives by crossing the highways”.

Cole further revealed that the other two who pleaded not guilty have been remanded in custody as the presiding Magistrate adjourned the case to the 19th of March, 2024.

The KAI Boss also sounded a note of warning to sellers and buyers of styrofoam food packs as enforcement which began on Monday has resulted in multiple confiscations by operatives of the Agency across the State.

Reiterating the need for those engaged in street trading and hawking to desist from breaching the State’s Environmental Laws, the KAI Marshal declared that there would be consequences for defaulters.

Cole also admonished residences in Lagos to have a valid waste collection contract with an approved PSP operator to foster appropriate refuse disposal, stressing the need for prompt settlement of LAWMA waste bills to avoid prosecution by the courts.