There was a mild drama on Saturday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state as a recalcitrant male resident stripped himself to evade arrest during the monthly sanitation exercise for the month of June.
Our correspondent reports that the fair complexioned young man who hails from Ebonyi State was arrested at Amarata area of Yenagoa by men of the environmental sanitation authority for defaulting during the exercise.
Eye witnesses said as soon as the suspect was gripped by the sanitation officers, he began to struggle with them and in the process, his trousers got torn.
TNN learnt that when he was bundled to the secretariat of the sanitation authority, he was quickly provided with another pair of trousers to change his partially torn one, but he rejected it.
According to the report, he instead, pulled the trousers off his waist and equally removed the long top that covered his flap, thereby leaving his manhood dangling, to express his anger.
Not even the presence of female staff of the authority could deter him as all efforts to pacify him to dress up were futile.
The hairy Ebonyi state indigene in his nudity told journalists that he was on his way to morning mass at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church Amarata when he was arrested.
"This in an oppression. Bayelsans are in my state schooling. I told them I was going to the church", he protested.
He was therefore remanded at the sanitation cell to be tried at the sanitation court.
Chairman of the environmental sanitation authority, Chief Robert Enogha who was represented by the director of sanitation, Mr. Pereowei Eguruze urged Bayelsans to be hygiene conscious.
He revealed that a total of 77 defaulters including 40 males, 25 females and 5 under-aged were arrested during the exercise.
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Meanwhile, residents of Port Harcourt are always comfortable converting the streets of the oil city to football field, while traders have a field day selling their wares.
At Rumuokoro, football lovers were at their best on Saturday, playing the round leather game, during the sanitation exercise. The sole administrator of the state sanitation authority, Felix Obuah is pained by the development.
A statement by Jerry Needam, his spokesman quoted him as having warned against converting sanitation exercise hours to playing football, street trading and carrying passengers.
He commended security agents for ensuring the enforcement of the 'no human and vehicular movements' order between the hours of 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., even as he extolled the role played by traditional rulers, chiefs, youths, women and opinion leaders in ensuring that the exercise was successful at the rural areas.