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Lagos Court Rules that Movement Restriction During Environmental Sanitation is Unlawful



Environmental Sanitation

A Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday nullified the monthly environmental sanitation policy of the Lagos State government that stipulates that residents must day indoors during the exercise, which occurs on the last Saturday of every month.

According to Guardian, the court stated that there is no law in Lagos state that forces people to stay indoors.

The judge, Mohammed Idris, said “the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria grants freedom of movement to every citizen, and as such, freedom cannot be taken away by executive proclamation in the absence of any law to that effect.”

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  1. @edDREAMZ

    March 17, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Niceone lagos but i wish samething will be applied here i swear….

  2. coke

    March 17, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Its been the norm like since forever and it hasn’t affected anyone so…

    • NaijaPikin

      March 17, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      Because it has been the norm doesn’t make it right. And yes it hurts people greatly. Do you know how much money is being lost by businesses within that time frame?

      The no movement on election day needs to be tackled. My friend has to go sleep in a hotel close to her polling site just to ensure she casts her vote

  3. yeyedesmell!

    March 17, 2015 at 9:01 am

    small small, maybe all these bullshit ‘laws’ will be revoked. what’s even more unlawful is restricted movement on election day….knowing that where people r registered to vote might be a significant distance from where they actually live and work. anyway….back to praying that NYSC too is scrapped!

  4. olabisi

    March 17, 2015 at 9:12 am

    gbam!!!!! please inform those men in black o, before they start making stupid arrests.

  5. jennifer

    March 17, 2015 at 9:29 am

    nice one from the federal high court in Lagos. it is high time a lot of unnecessary “unwritten” laws are scrapped.

  6. Olu-lo-lu-lo

    March 17, 2015 at 9:31 am

    But that’s not a picture of Lagos…

  7. akuko

    March 17, 2015 at 10:21 am

    All because of election hmmmmmm sitting in d corner watching….first was okada riders were never stopped on high way…next story pls

    • molarah

      March 17, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      Ah ahn. But it’s a given that environmental sanitation would be shelved on March 28th (last Saturday of the month) because of elections. Just as is done when there’s something major on the state or national level to be done on a last Saturday of the month. Nothing to do with elections dear.

  8. Mz Socially Awkward...

    March 17, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Constitutional rights, indeed! I have no idea who gives our municipal and state authorities these foolish ideas that they run with (i.e. curtailing people’s movement) and why we even allow them to get away with the nonsense. When martial law is not in effect or even a temporary state curfew hasn’t been emplaced, you feel you can just stop individuals from leaving their homes on a perfectly good Saturday. Even if legal language is entrenched in some state created legislation, it becomes automatically unlawful when it contradicts the Constitution.

    About time, jare. Time for much needed change to the status quo and I hope more judgements like this one will be sought across the country.

  9. NG

    March 17, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Yes o. Imagine that i may end up not voting after all my talk-talk on the election simply becuse i moved homes and need at least i hour walk to get to my polling cntre from my new home. Dare i walk all that distance when the roads will be deserted? Will i not be challenged- by security details or hoodlums, whichever?

  10. Hugo

    March 17, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    In as much as the enforced restriction of movement ensures the viability of the exercise, the law still remains what it is. Judicial activism at its best!

  11. Nkoyo Geronimo

    March 17, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    In other news we don’t have to wait till 10:am before we can move, some great news but I will like to hear it officially, In as much staying in doors didn’t aid one to do sanitation anyway, it will help if lagosian will endeavour to keep their environment clean.
    Stop throwing things carelessly around.

  12. oy

    March 18, 2015 at 9:46 am

    i wish everybody will obey the rules, even the officials themselves. that’s when you’ll see their children freely walking about and nothing is done about it

  13. Ajayi, A.H.

    April 25, 2015 at 8:08 am

    The Government most times take Nigerian for fool. They made law to reduce per capital income. (thus effect of restricting movement) Because they do not have interest of the Nigeria. See V.I.O will stop you even when you doc. are complete and ask for driving license delay u on d road and milk u to pay Lagos State Govt. N40, 000..00 what is their business with drivers license. Touts working for Government all these must stop Now.

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