Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency, BASEPA has jailed man residing in Kobi quarters of the state capital for illegal dumping of horse dungs in drainage.
In a statement signed by Special Assistant , Media and Publicity to the Director BASEPA, Isyaka Laminu Badamasi and made available to Arewa Affairs on Tuesday.
” The Agency’s inspection and monitoring team have earlier this morning (Monday) succeeded in arresting one Yusuf Ladan Bara of Kobi for dumping Horses Dung in one of the major drainages along Kobi street here in the metropolis.
The arrest was made during the routine inspection of the on the ongoing desilting and evacuation exercise carried out by the Agency to contain flooding in the state capital in the event of heavy rainfall”.
He added that ” The action contravened section 33 sub section 4,6,7,8,9 and 10 of the Bauchi State Environmental Protection and Conservation Agency law 2017. And punishable by section 34 sub section 1 and 2.
The culprit was appeared before the Agency’s mobile court presided over by Justice Laraba Hamisu and found him guilty of the offence and sentenced him to six calendar months in the Bauchi Correctional Center or option of fine to the tune of N50,000 and to also Evacuate the garbages to the satisfaction of the Agency”.
The statement further revealed that the culprit Yusuf Ladan Bara asked for leniency and the judge reduced the fine to N25,000 and three calendar months instead of the earlier N50,000 and six calendar months imprisonement.
” The judgment is to serve as deterrent to him and other people who have same attitude.
For over ten days,BASEPA is busy desilting the drainages in the state capital to allow free flow of water but unfortunately,some people are busy dumping their refused into the same desilted drainages, the action considered by the Agency as sabotage to the present administration of Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed in the state” Laminu added.
He also quoted the Director General of the Agency Dr Ibrahim Kabir saying ” that drainages are not meant for dumping of refuse and anyone found guilty of such will be sentenced accordingly.
He also urged them to report any suspicious acts capable of blocking the drainages or any other Environmental nuisance to the Agency”.