African Journal of
Pure and Applied Chemistry

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pure Appl. Chem.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0840
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPAC
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 357

Full Length Research Paper

Monitoring metals pollution using water and sediments collected from Ebute Ogbo river catchments, Ojo, Lagos, Nigeria

A. A. Adeniyi1*, O. J. Owoade1, I. O. Shotonwa1, O. O. Okedeyi2, A. A. Ajibade1, A. R. Sallu1, M. A. Olawore1 and K. A. Ope1
1Department of Chemistry, Lagos State University, Ojo, P. M. B. 0001, LASU Post Office, Badagry Expressway, Ojo, Lagos, Nigeria. 2Department of Chemistry, University of South Africa, P. O. Box 392 UNISA, Pretoria, 003, South Africa.
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  •  Accepted: 16 June 2011
  •  Published: 31 August 2011


The levels of Cu, Pb, Cd, Zn and Ca in water and sediments collected from the Ebute Ogbo River catchments, Ojo, Lagos, Nigeria were determined by flame atomic absorption spectrometry. The samples were collected in year 2008 and 2009. The results obtained showed a decrease in the Cd, Pb and Ca levels in water samples for 2009 compared to year 2008. However, Cu and Zn levels were in the increase. Nevertheless, metals burden in the sediment samples revealed decreased concentrations for the year 2009 samples. Data obtained were compared with the WHO limits and the Nigeria’s background values (NBV). Statistical t-test was used to test statistical differences in the samples.


Key words: River, pollution, metals, monitoring.


Abbreviations: NBV, Nigeria’s background values; MPI, metal pollution index;WHO, World Health Organization.