The Sokoto State Environment Sanitation Court yesterday impounded nine trucks and sealed off 13 filling stations for allegedly violating a stay-at-home order.
Similarly, 24 motorists and 130 motorcyclists were also arrested for the same offence.
Chief Magistrate Raliya Usman said they were arrested for violating the state’s sanitation law which restricts movement until after 10am every last Saturday of the month.
Chief Magistrate Raliya sentenced the trucks drivers to one month imprisonment each or a fine of N 5,000, while owners of the filling stations were sentenced to one month imprisonment each or fine of N10,000 each.
The motorists were to pay N2,000 each or two-week imprisonment while the motor-cyclists were each fined N1,000 or one-week imprisonment.
In a related development, Senator Ahmed Muhammadu Maccido regretted that Sokoto was becoming dirty in spite the monthly sanitation programme reintroduced by the state government.
The senator, who is representing Sokoto Central at the upper chamber of the National Assembly, said 85 percent of the people attending hospitals in the state were suffering from diseases emanating from unclean environment.
Maccido made the observation through his aide, Alhaji Kabiru Aliyu, during a sanitation exercise organized by Senator Maccido Sanitation and Role Back Malaria Initiative at Sarkin Zamfara A and B wards in the state.