An Ekiti Magistrate’s Court has sentenced a pastor and eight others to six months imprisonment, having found them guilty on various counts including failure to provide toilet facilities in their houses.
They were also convicted for other sanitation offences, like open defecation and refusing to provide waste bins within their vicinities.
Brought to court from communities like Aramoko, Erio and Ido Ile, all in Ekiti West Local Government Area of the state, out of the 18 people arraigned by council environmental health officers, nine people pleaded guilty to the offences and were convicted.
The convicts are Olaleye Isaac, Ologun Ala, Titus Ibironke, Jacob Taiwo, Sunday Adesoba, Olu Obateru, Agboola and Atoro.
The presiding Magistrate, Abayomi Adeosun, sentenced the accused persons to six months imprisonment with options of fines ranging from N5,000 to N15,000.
While lamenting the environmental nuisance caused by open defecation, he held that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to others.
The magistrate also issued a bench warrant for the arrest of nine other persons who failed to appear in court for similar offences.
He further directed the police to present them for prosecution on April 25.
Addressing newsmen after the conviction, Chief Prosecutor, Ekiti West Local Government, Ebenezer Fashipe, said citizens valued their wealth more than their health.
Fashipe assured the local government will continue to prosecute households without toilets until open defecation is eradicated in the area.