National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member serving in Ogun State, Mr Owefe Ovie, and six others were yesterday remanded in Kirikiri Prison, Lagos, for illegal sand dealing and dredging.
The Special Offences Court of Lagos State convicted them for the alleged offence.
Prosecuting Counsel Femi Alabi said the suspects, on Wednesday at Addo/Lekkii/Ajah in the Lagos Magisterial District, engaged in sand-dealing without operational permit.
Alabi said the suspects contravened Section 20(i) of the Lagos State Waterfront Infrastructure Development Law 2009 and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 409 of the Criminnal Law of Lagos State
Magistrate Juwon Amos granted the request of defence counsel, Nnamdi Amaefule, to challenge the jurisdiction of the court to arraign the suspects.
He granted the accused bail for N200,000 each with two sureties, one of whom must be employed; the other, a relative. They were also told to pay N20,000 each to the court.
Lagos State Task Force office Chief Public Affairs Officer Taofeek Adebayo said the actions of the agencies of government were derived from the “law to provide for the regulation of Waterfront Infrastructure Development in Lagos State and for connected purposes” of 2009.
He referred to the recent Appeal Court (Lagos Division) judgment entered in favour of the Lagos Government.
According to him, Waterfront Infrastructure Development Commissioner Ade Akinsanya, last month issued a 20-point guidelines to all dredging investors, dredging operators and dredging host communities ‘’to ensure balance between economic development and preservation that will permit the beneficial use of waterways while preventing the dimunition of open space areas or public access to the Waterfront Shoreline erosion, impairment of scenic beauty or permanent adverse changes to ecological systems.”
Source: The Nation
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