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See The Criminals That Need Your Votes In Lagos (PHOTOS)

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a criminal as person who has committed a crime.

The same dictionary also defines a crime as an illegal act for which someone can be punished by the government.

In 2006, the Lagos state government enacted the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA) Law.

This law was designed to prevent and punish the act of defacing street surfaces by residents.

In order words, it is a crime to deface street surfaces with posters or any promotional material in Lagos state.

Today, tragically, road medians, bus stop shelters, street walls, junctions, etc., are literally littered with different political campaign posters. Each one attempts to outdo each other for visibility.

The offence of posting posters on street surfaces contravened Section 168 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised). The section prescribes a six months imprisonment or a fine of N90, 000 for offenders.

At the time, it was almost impossible to see a street or road in Lagos without an eyesore of a jumble of posters, or other advertising signs.

By law, even when the fines are paid, the offender loses the privilege to contest for a political positions due to their status as an ex-convict, not until after 10 years, when the conviction no longer counts.

The enforcement of this law is the function of the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA).

LASAA spends millions of naira on advocacy meant to dissuade residents from posting posters indiscriminately.

Apparently, our politicians are above that law.