Lagos Government Arrests 30 for Improper Waste Disposal

The Lagos State government has apprehended 30 individuals for improper waste disposal and violation of environmental laws within the state. These individuals are slated to appear before a Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, the Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, confirmed the arrests to journalists on Saturday. The arrests were carried out in various locations across the state by the environmental laws enforcement team, which includes officers from the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), also known as Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI).

Wahab emphasized that the state government remains resolute in its commitment to maintaining order in the city and will not tolerate actions that undermine efforts to ensure environmental sanity. The legal proceedings against the individuals reflect the government’s determination to enforce compliance with waste disposal regulations and uphold environmental standards in Lagos.

“Today’s action will serve as a deterrent and warning to others.

“The era of people hiding under the guise of darkness to dump waste at unauthorised locations is over; anyone caught will be prosecuted.”

The commissioner urged the people of the state to acquire waste bins and regularly clean up their surroundings as the government plans to commence full environmental checks on homes and business premises.

“It is imperative for every resident, householders and business owners alike, to be aware of their legal obligations regarding waste management.

“Everyone must procure bins, engage with assigned private participants, refrain from indiscriminate waste disposal, maintain drains, and clean the frontage of their establishments,” he added.

On his part, the LAWMA Managing Director, Muyiwa Gbadegesin, urged households to imbibe the habit of sorting their wastes at source.

“Such waste should be segregated into recyclables and non-recyclables and be disposed of in designated waste bins recommended by LAWMA.

“If we do this, it will reduce the menace of indiscriminate waste dumping that defaces the cityscape.

“The responsibility for maintaining a clean environment is a collective one. It is not the sole duty of LAWMA or the state government. It is the duty of every individual, household, and business owner in Lagos.

“We are appealing to residents to avoid indiscriminate dumping of wastes in public spaces as it poses significant health and environmental hazards. Violators of environmental laws will face severe legal consequences,” Gbadegesin stated.