Edo State government has directed men of the state police command to arrest and prosecute anyone caught removing manhole covers on major roads and walkways.
The government also urged members of the public to report such persons to the nearest security agency or to the Ministry of Environment and Sustainability.
In a statement on Friday, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Sustainability, Lucky Wasa,
said the attention of the state government had been drawn to the “incessant criminal act .. by some unscrupulous persons.”
Wasa noted that the heinous act of removing covers of manholes on major roads and walkways “poses a grave danger to pedestrians and motorists who are unaware of the open manholes and can fall into them without caution”.
He advised those behind the unwholesome act to desist from doing so as security agencies have been empowered to arrest and prosecute anyone caught in this act.
“The Ministry of Environment and Sustainability is hereby appealing to the general public to report anyone or group of persons found removing manhole covers to the nearest Security Agency or its Headquarters, on 2nd floor, Palm House Building, Sapele Road, Benin City,” he stated.
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