Ekiti court sentences Clergyman, Traditional Ruler, others to six-month in Prison

An Ekiti State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti, has sentenced nine people including a Traditional Title holder and a Clergyman to six months in prison each for open defecation.

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.

Delivering the judgment, Magistrate Adeosun Abayomi lamented the environmental nuisance caused by open defecation, and gave the convicts, the options of fines ranging from N5,000 to N15,000.

The Magistrate court also issued a bench warrant for the arrest of nine other persons who failed to appear in court for similar offence, while he ordered the police to present them for prosecution on the 25th of April, 2019.

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