Why Lagos government shut down 53 churches, mosques

Not less than 53 churches, mosques and hotels have been shut down by the Lagos State Government.

The churches, mosques and hotels were sealed over their noise pollution and other environmental offences.

Some of the erring churches were accused of constituting nuisance to other residents by converting residential apartments to places of worship.

General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) Adebola Shabi, said the agency had received series of complaints from residents and neighbours of the sealed facilities.

“In recent times, most of the petitions kept coming to us. It was as if we are not working at all. That was why we shut the facilities.”

“You cannot have makeshift structures and say you want to be conducting services or vigils there. Definitely, you will be disturbing your neighbours. So, the government won’t allow the use of makeshift structures as a church or mosque.

“Nobody is allowed to make a noise above 55 decibel during the day in residential areas and only 45 decibel is allowed in such areas at night. In industrial areas, 90 decibel of noise level is allowed during the day, while the noise rate must not exceed 80 decibel at night.”

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