The Oyo State Government on Saturday arrested 40 persons in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital for violating the environmental sanitation law in the state.
50 vehicles and 75 motorcycles were also impounded during the monthly sanitation exercise
The State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Abdulateef Oyeleke, during the exercise described the attitude of residents as worrisome, saying engaging in businesses during sanitation exercise is a criminal.
He said the adoption of a clean and green initiative to rid the state of epidemic could not be overemphasised.
Oyeleke said, “Today being the last Saturday of the month, people are expected to observe the monthly sanitation exercise by taking care of their surroundings, it is a nationwide exercise whereby each state adopts their own policy.
“Here in Oyo State, the exercise is between the hours of 6:00am and 9:00am and of course, there is restrictions of vehicular as human movement and anyone found on the road not on an essential service would be made to face the law as appropriate sanction would be given for disobeying the law of the land.
“This is to let the people know that nobody is above the law of the land and people should be made to be a respecter of the law of the land, those apprehended will serve as deterrent to others that might want to do same next time.”
Oyeleke, however, appealed to citizens to take the exercise as a matter of obligation in order to make the state safer and healthier for people to live in and for smooth conduct of their commercial activities.