The Lagos State Government is heading to the Appeal Court to challenge the judgment of the Federal High Court which cancelrestriction of movement of people during the monthly environmental sanitation in Lagos.
Lagos Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ade Ipaye stated this in Lagos on Tuesday, saying that the judgment was unjust and that the government would immediate challenge it at the Appeal Court.
“We are of course not satisfied with that decision of the Federal High Court looking at the density of Lagos being the highest population in Nigeria,” he said.
He said the sanitation exercise had made Lagos the toast and pride of the nation with many states coming to understudy how Lagos is achieving success in the sanitation exercise.
“This excercise and our sanitation programme in general have made Lagos the envy of other states, many of whom have sent their officials to understudy it.
“We strongly believe that it is a necessary rule in a society such as ours. We are therefore filing an appeal immediately,” Ipaye said.
On Monday, a Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos State, presided over by Justice Mohammed Idris, nullified the restriction of movement during the monthly environmental sanitation in the state.
The policy of the Lagos State Government restricts citizens to their homes for three hours between 7am and 10am every last Saturday of the month.
The court held that there is no law in force in Lagos State by which any citizen could be kept indoors, compulsorily.
The court found that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria grants freedom of movement to every citizen, and such freedom cannot be taken away by executive proclamation, in the absence of any law to that effect.
It found that there is no regulation in force currently in Lagos State which authorises the restriction of movement of citizens, on the last Saturdays of the month, for the purpose of observing environmental sanitation.
Human rights activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, instituted the case against the Inspector-General of Police and the Lagos State Government, to challenge the restriction of human movements on the last Saturday of every month, for the purpose of observing environmental sanitation.