Solomon Uzuokwu has been sentenced to one month in prison by the Magistrates Court in Ogba, Ikeja, Lagos State, for making a hoax fire emergency call to emergency responders. Uzuokwu was found guilty of two counts of breaching public peace and making a false emergency call.
The presiding magistrate, Bambo Odueke, also gave him the option of paying a fine or serving one month of community service campaign against false calls within the jurisdiction of the State. Uzuokwu chose to pay the fine after pleading guilty to the charge.
The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, in a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Agboola Ololade, welcomed the ruling, stating that it was a commendation of the noble firefighting profession and the effective service delivery of the agency.
The agency also expressed delight in the swift prosecution of the case, which would serve as a deterrent to other misguided citizens who are in the habit of making false calls to emergency responders. The defendant had placed a false call on April 14, 2023, at 7:35 pm, reporting a fire emergency in the Harmony Estate, Langbasa, Ajah, Lagos, which was found to be false upon arrival of the fire crew.