No fewer than 245 persons have been convicted by mobile courts for various sanitation offences in Benin, the Edo State capital.
It was learnt that the convicts were arrested during the monthly sanitation exercise on Saturday and arraigned before the mobile courts, which sat at Ramat Park and Sapele Road.
While some of the offenders were convicted for wandering during the monthly exercise, others were convicted for preventing sanitation officials from discharging their duties.
The offences were said to have violated the Edo State Sanitation and Pollution Management Law No. 5 of 2010.
A senior state counsel in the Ministry of Justice, Samson Erhaze, said 52 out of the 58 persons arraigned at Ramat Park were convicted while six were discharged.
“The accused were either sentenced to three days imprisonment or made to pay N2,000 fines as option,” Erhaze added.
According to the Head of Legal Services in the state Ministry of Environment, Pius Oiwoh, a total 193 offenders were convicted by the mobile court on Sapele road.
A Director in the state Waste Management Board, Geoffrey Ehon, noted that the conviction would deter others who chose not to comply with sanitation laws.
“Offenders were prosecuted at mobile courts to serve as deterrence to others,” Ehon added.