No fewer than ten people were on Thursday arraigned and convicted by the Oyo state Environmental Court for violating sanitation and waste management laws in the state.
The convicts were arrested at different locations in Ibadan, the state capital during the weekly environmental sanitation.
The offenders include Anita Lateef, Olaiya Usman, Sakariya Abdullahi, Rauadon Tairu, Yusuff Adamu, Bashiru Mustapha and Ishau Sheu.
Others are Aminat Oloyede, Akeem Alade and Anthony Sunday.
The first set of offenders were charged for street trading while the second set were charged for abating/assaulting the enforcement team.
The penalty carries one month imprisonment with an option of fines.
In his judgment, the presiding Magistrate, Mrs Adetuyibi F. said the offenders were found guilty of the offence and were subsequently sentenced to one month imprisonment, or pay a fine of N5000 and N7500.
She stated that the sentence was in accordance with the state environmental sanitation laws 2013.
The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Chief Isaac Ishola also affirmed that the fines were in line with the state environmental sanitation and waste management laws.
He, however, disclosed that the court will be sitting twice in a week; Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The commissioner, therefore, appealed to traders and the public in general to comply and support government’s policy in ensuring safe and aesthetics environment.