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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sanitation: Restriction of movement in Lagos is illegal says High Court


A Federal High Court in Lagos State, Monday, March 16, 2015 declared the restriction of movement during the monthly sanitation exercise in Lagos State as illegal, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Delivering a judgment on a case brought before the court by Ebun-Olu Adegoroye, a lawyer and human right activist, presiding Justice Mohammed Idris held that restriction of movement, in the name of sanitation, amounted to a violation of the citizens’ right to personal liberty and freedom of movement as enshrined in sections 35 and 41 of the Nigerian constitution.

Justice Idris also held that the power of the Lagos State government to keep people indoors and its agent to arrest any citizen found moving between the hours of 7am and 10am every last Saturday of the month during the environmental sanitation exercise has no place in law.

He cited for instance, the 1999 Constitution, which grants freedom of movement to every citizen of Nigeria within its territory, maintained that freedom could not be taken away by executive declaration without any given law to that effect.

Justice Idris further said there was no regulation in force presently even in Lagos which authorised the restriction of movement of citizens on the last Saturdays of the month for the purpose of observing environmental sanitation, outside executive assertion.

NaijaAgroNet recalls that Adegoroye had taken the Lagos State government to court for restriction of movement whenever the exercise is to hold thereby confined citizens to their homes between 7am and 10am without any known legal basis.

In addition, he said it grossly violated Nigerians’ right of freedom of movement as guaranteed in the constitution.

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