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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Octogenarian bags 7 months imprisonment  over environmental pollution

By Sade Adewale, Ondo
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A  Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ondo town, has sentenced a 75-year-old farmer, Bola Akinpeloye, to seven months imprisonment, for not having sanitary latrine, bathroom and kitchen accommodations.

The court presided over by Mrs Odenusi Fadeyi, found the defendant guilty of committing the offences and convicted him, with  an option of N65,000 fine.

To the amazement of the court audience, prior to his conviction, the man who admitted committing the offence, prostrated before the court and pleaded for mercy.

The environmental prosecutor, Mrs  Adejoke Olarewaju, told the court that the convict failed to provide sanitary latrine accommodation since the existing one is defective, emitting serious “obnoxious odour” and capable of causing epidemics.

She further said that Akinpeloye, also failed to stop defeacating indiscriminately into an open-trench emitting obnoxious odour and capable of causing breakout of diseases.

He was said to have  committed an offence contrary to Section 8, part 2 Cap 52 and punishable under Section 8 of the Ondo State Environmental Sanitation Laws,  2006.

The charge sheet read in part,  ” that you, Bola Akimpeloye, of No 4, Ife Oluwasogo street, Sabo, Ondo,  failed to provide sanitary latrine accommodation since the existing one is defective emitting serious obnoxious odour and capable of causing epidemics.

When the charge was read to him, Akinpeloye pleaded guilty to all counts in the charge sheet.

In her ruling, the Magistrate, Mrs Fadeyi, found the defendant guilty on count one and sentenced him to three months, with an option of N25,000 fine.

The court also sentenced him to one month on count two with an option of N10,000 fine. While he bagged three months on count four with  an option of N25,000 fine.

He was ordered to pay N5,000 in court for execution.

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