Court Convicts Pastor, 8 Others For Open Defecation In Ekiti

Aramoko Magistrates’ Court in Ekiti, on Wednesday, sentenced a pastor and eight other people to six months in prison for open defecation.

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Concise News learnt that Adeosun Abayomi delivered the judgment in which he stated that they were guilty of causing environmental nuisance.

Among those sentenced to jail was also a traditional title holder in Ekiti West Local Government.

Those convicted are Pastor Olaleye Isaac, Chief Ologun Ala, Mr Agboola M, Mr Atoro, Mr Adetoyinbo, Mr Adesoba Sunday, Chief Jacob Taiwo, Mr Titus Ibironke and Mrs Olu Obateru, all in Ekiti West Local Government Area of Ekiti state.

According to reports, those convicted were arraigned for various sanitation offences including non-availability of toilet facilities in their houses, non-availability of waste bins, and defecating in the open.

The Judge, however, gave them options to pay fines ranging from N5,000 to N15,000.

The court also issued a bench warrant for the arrest of nine other persons who failed to appear in court for a similar offence.

Magistrate Abayomi ordered the police to present them for prosecution on April 25, 2019.

NAN reports that out of the 18 people arraigned before the Magistrate court by Ekiti Local Government Environmental Health Officers, nine people pleaded guilty to the offences, and were convicted accordingly.