There was a mild drama in Akure, the Ondo State capital on
Saturday when some prostitutes beat up security personnel
attached to the state Environmental Task Force during the
monthly sanitation exercise.
The women tore the uniforms of the security personnel into
shreds and inflicted varying degrees of injuries on them when
they tried to arrest them for not complying with the
The Task Force, led by the Commissioner for the Environment,
Mr. Sola Ebiseni, had set out as early as 8am to ensure strict
compliance with the monthly environmental exercise.
The team visited some towns and villages and arrested people
who violated the environmental laws.
However, when they got to the Inner Circle Hotel at Oke paadi,
off Lao Street in Akure, they met the prostitutes with their
clients during the exercise drinking alcohol and dancing.
The development prompted the men of the Task Force to make
moves to arrest them.
The prostitutes, however, resisted and also prevented them
from arresting their clients.
Our correspondent observed that in the process, civil defence
officials and one of the policemen attached to the Task Force
were beaten up by the prostitutes and their clients.
A female civil defence officer also had her uniform torn by the
It took the intervention of additional security men comprising
policemen, State Security Service officials and civil defence
personnel in the team, to bring the situation under control.
The commissioner consequently ordered his men to seal off the
Ebiseni also ordered the prostitutes and their clients to be
arrested and taken to police station for interrogation.
He said the offenders apart from the fact that they would
answer charges at the environmental court, would also be
prosecuted for assaulting government officials.
Briefing reporters at the end of the exercise, Ebiseeni said 22
persons were arrested and taken to court immediately for
violating the environmental law
He also said the government would as from Monday take over
any unkempt uncompleted building that constituted nuisance to
The commissioner lamented a situation whereuncompleted
buildings were left unkempt thereby making such places
hideout for criminals.
He added that any stray animal would henceforth be seized
without recourse to the owners as the government was poised
to ensure strict compliance with environmental laws.
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