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Nasarawa Task Force arrests tomatoes market chairman, 57 others

By Francis Nansak

The Nasarawa State Task Force on Environmental Sanitation has frowned at the attitude of some residents of the State who deliberately refuse to adhere to the state environmental law.

Nasarawa State observes general environmental sanitation every last Saturday of the month.

Following the violation of the law, the team of the environmental sanitation stormed the popular new tomatoes market, popular known as Yan tomato and arrested the chairman of the traders association.

The team which expressed disappointment with the market leaders, queried them for not observing the state proclamation order which stipulates that people should wear Face Masks and ensure the use of hand sanitiser at all time and as well as maintained social distancing.

Mohammed Abubakar, who is the prosecutor of the environmental task force team ordered that the Chairman and the Secretary of the tomato market be arraigned before a mobile court to serve as deterrent to others.

Also, 37 motorcyclists and 20 commercial vehicles and their passengers were arrested.

While briefing journalists, Abubakar, said: “We apprehended travelers who were from other states because we have a law in the state which prohibits movement on environmental sanitation days.

“The law is binding on everybody except vehicles that are identified as rendering essential services were allowed, but those we arrested will have to wait till 10 am when the sanitation will be over before they are allowed to continue their journey.”

Those arrested, as the law stipulates, will be fined or convicted base on the degree of their offenses.

The sanitation team include the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, the Chairman, House of Assembly Committee on Environmental Sanitation, officers of the Nigerian Police Force, NSCDC, NAYES and health inspection officers.

Written by ExpressDay

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