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Nasarawa to prosecute 70 environmental sanitation offenders

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Nasarawa to prosecute 70 environmental sanitation offenders


UMAR MUHAMMED

No fewer than 70 persons have been arrested for allegedly violating environmental sanitation laws across the 13 local government areas of Nasarawa State.

Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Mr Jonathan Kwaghkaha, disclosed this shortly after the sanitation exercise on Saturday.

Kwaghkaha said 150 vehicles had also been impounded in Lafia.

He said the exercise, introduced one year ago, had yielded positive results in the areas of hygiene and environmental consciousness among the residents.

Earlier, the Chief Prosecuting Officer of the mobile court, Mr Abubakar Muhammed, disclosed that most of the violators of the environmental sanitation laws were taxi drivers in the state and inter-state travellers.

Muhammed, however, maintained that those apprehended would be prosecuted according to the environmental sanitation laws.

He explained that penalties attached were N5,000 and above for individuals and N50,000 for corporate bodies or the equivalent of six months imprisonment.

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