Taskforce Lock-Up 1 Month Old Baby Over Sanitary Offense
A one-month old baby, Akachukwu David and a sick child were victims of circumstance when their residence was sealed off.
The building was sealed because residents flouted orders of health officers from the state to evacuate sewage from their soak away.
Residents of No 10 Okpara Street in Abakaliki metropolis, Ebonyi State had refused to comply to an order by health officials from Abakaliki local governments area.
Thus, over 50 persons including a sick child were as well locked up in the building.
The development created pandemonium in the area, but for the intervention of the immediate past governor of the State, Chief Martin Elechi, who incidentally ran into the scene, it would have escalated.
Mr. Emmanuel Nwebonyi, leader of the team, told Bounce News the building was sealed up following non-compliance of the residents with an order directing them to evacuate their septic tank.
He said they had written them severally.
“The people were earlier given abatement notice but when we found out that nothing had been done, they were served summon, and subsequently hearing notice.
“They felt the court does not exist, for that, they refused to do anything. After much grace, we carried out the seal order.
“If they had evacuated the sewage, the most appropriate thing which they could have done was to report to our office, so that we will verify the matter,” Nwebonyi noted.
Caretaker of the building, Eze Elechi, in an interview told Bounce News he got a distressed call from some of his tenants, when he rushed to the place, he discovered the building was sealed.
He disclosed that a month-old baby, another sick child whom he said was vomiting, including 50 occupants of the building were locked up in their rooms.
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