The Bayelsa State Environmental Sanitation Authority has arrested no fewer than 46 offenders and some illegal monitors during Saturday’s sanitation exercise in some parts of Yenagoa, the state capital.

Also arrested were some trucks belonging to Daewoo Limited (a construction firm) for flouting the exercise.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after the three-hour exercise, the Chairman, BSSA, Mr. Robert Enogha, frowned on the rate at which illegal monitors took advantage of the exercise to extort money from unsuspecting members of the public.

Enogha, represented by the agency’s Director of Operation, Asanakpo Oyinkuro, vowed that the authority would not hesitate to reprimand the illegal monitors whose stock in trade was to defraud the public.

Enogha, who noted that the level of compliance was above average, said 22 male and 24 female defaulters were arrested for loitering during sanitation hours.

He said the culprits would be subjected to manual labour as punishment to serve as deterrence to others.

He explained that those on essential duties, as well as oil and construction firms, were allowed to obtain permission on environmental day.

He, however, noted that Daewoo trucks were arrested for plying the Mbiama/Yenagoa Road during sanitation hours because they did not obtain permit from the authority.

Enogha said, “Those dumping refuse indiscriminately in drainage channels should desist from the practice or be prepared to be arraigned before the sanitation court.

“The sanitation authority will not stop sanctioning people until Bayelsans learn to clean their residential and business premises.”

He lauded some para-military agencies and non-governmental organisations partnering with the authority to ensure compliance in the state.