This is a sequel to my last post. Below are some excerpts from the
book How To Be A Good Lagosian. More important ones, notably.
The crime of littering is one Lagosians are most guilty of. It is one
of the reasons Lagos became such a dirty city in the first place. Yet
there are various laws against this crime, but of which millions of
people living in the city are unaware.
For instance, Section 5(2) of
the Environmental Sanitation Law CAP 5, 2001 of Lagos State makes it
an offence for any passenger in a vehicle to throw litter, fruit
skins, scrap paper or other items onto the road. This offence carries
a fine of between N1000 and N2000. Also, in Section 1(h), it is an
offence to sweep out or throw ashes, refuse, paper, nylon or rubbish
into any street, public place or vacant plot. As a result, it is
equally unlawful in Lagos State to dump waste disposal site designed
by the authority - S. 14 of the Lagos Waste Management Authority Law.
Extortion by threat on the streets of Lagos will attract a jail term
between six months and two years.
Behaving in a disorderly manner in a public place in the city of Lagos
will attract a penalty of one month imprisonment.
Rogues and vagabonds
The following people are considered idlers, rogues and vagabonds:
- Persons wandering about with deformation or exposed wounds to obtain alms.
- Persons going about collecting charitale contributions under false pretence.
- Persons found loitering near a premises or highway to suggest that
he/she is there for an illegal purpose.
We all have a fair knowledge of what stealing is - illegally taking
the property of another, without the person's consent. Well, is that
what the law states?
According to the Laws of Lagos State, any person who "fraudulently"
takes "anything capable of being stolen", or "fraudulently" "converts"
to his "own use" the property of another, is said to have stolen that
thing. It may also interest you to know that Criminal Code Laws of
Lagos State, cleverly points out that "fraudulently" taking or
"converting" a thing may be done "without" secrecy or an attempt to
Now is anyone guilty?
Well, I'm not saying that we are "fraudulent" people or that we
"contest things" for our "own use", but the next time we pick up
something trav is not "exactly" ours, even in our homes or at the
office, we may just need to be sure that we are on the right path of
the law, before we are charged "wrongfully", as we are bound to say.
God Forbid! Sorry, you can't plead ignorance, just bear in mind that
you just might be playing with three years imprisonment.