Lagos State Police Command has arrested five persons for impersonating officials of the Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission (LASWARCO) with the intent to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
The Executive Secretary of LASWARCO, Funke Adepoju, explained that the suspects were nabbed by some water producers in Ikotun-Igando and promptly handed them over to the police.
Adepoju, therefore, urged members of the public to be wary of criminal elements impersonating officials of the Commission to perpetrate fraud.
According to her, the Commission’s mandate is to ensure that operators in the water abstraction, production, and distribution industry comply with the best manufacturing procedures to safeguard the health of the people.
The Executive Secretary stated that “LASWARCO, in conjunction with Task Force of Association of Table Water Producers (ATWAP) and Water Producers Association of Nigeria (WAPAN), is enforcing compliance with regulatory provisions across the State.”
She added that the suspects would be prosecuted in line with the law.
Adepoju also assured that the full weight of the law would be applied to anyone found indulging in such a criminal act, going forward.
According to her, enquiries or clarifications on any water-related issue should be directed to the Commission’s office at Block 19 (3rd Floor), Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.
In the same vein, Adepoju warned residents to be cautious of the bottled water they consume.
This followed the revelations by Kirikiri Lighter Terminal Command of the Nigeria Customs Service impounding a forty-foot container with expired water from Poland.
She, therefore, enjoined the members of the public who have information regarding the circulation of the said imported water, to notify LASWARCO without delay for necessary action to safeguard the health of residents.