The staff of the Mobile Court, Owa-Oyibu, the administrative Headquarters of Ika North East Local Government Council, have restrained the resident’s movement along the streets and placed a fine of N1000 – N5000 on all defaulters.
The new development was demonstrated by some staff of the Mobile Court in Owa-Oyibu at the Boj-Boji, main market (Garage) during the recent Environmental Sanitation which took place on Saturday June 30, 2018. The exercise which lasted for about three hours was carried by the Chief Magistrate of Mobile Court, Owa-Oyibu.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the exercise, the Chief Magistrate of Mobile Court, Mr. Kennedy Madu said they have decided to come up with new strategies because of the stubbornness of some residents of Ika North East. He stated that the most annoying part of it is that even when the local government chairman Hon. Barr. Victor Eghen Ebonka has taken time to sensitize them on the dangers of opening their stores, workshops or ridding, driving or walking on the roads during the period of environmental sanitation in the local government area, they continue to disobey the order and also disobey the mobile court.
Speaking further, the magistrate disclosed that any defaulter caught either walking along the streets, ridding motorcycle or driving vehicle during the monthly environmental sanitation, will be arrested and locked up at the police station. He advised that what the residents were supposed to have done or should be doing from this month henceforth is to remain at home maintaining their environments instead of walking aimlessly around the metropolis.
Also speaking with Ika Weekly reporters, the Acting Director of Environment in Ika North East, Mr. Onyeka Atalor charged the residents to always keep their environments clean stressing that when they keep their environment clean from dirty things, it will be difficult for them to contract diseases. He disclosed that for the three hours the exercise lasted, they were able to restrain the movement of over 41 persons including the Okada riders and motorists. He further noted that some persons who were able to pay their fines of N1000 to N5000 depending the gravity of their offences were freed while those who their could convince them with concrete evidence were freed.