Authorities in Lagos State, Nigeria have shut 70 churches and 20 mosques in an attempt to reduce high noise levels. About 10 hotels, pubs and club houses were also closed, officials said.
Some estimates put Lagos’ population at around 20 million, creating a constant background of noise – from the blaring of car horns, to the Muslim call to prayer and loud singing in churches.
Worshippers pray into the New Year during the crossover watch night church service at the Redemption Camp on Lagos Ibadan highway on Janauary 1, 2014.
The state government has vowed to make the city, the biggest in Africa, noise-free by 2020.
In August, the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LEPA) closed 22 premises after residents complained about noise emanating from them. Following the latest crackdown, its general manager Bola Shabi said the agency would no longer allow people to pray in makeshift buildings and tents.
Mr Shabi said noise levels had been reduced by about 35%, but this was not a “pass mark yet”.

“Enforcement is a continuous exercise and we have set a target for ourselves. We want to ensure that Lagos is noise-free by the year 2020,” he said.

Mr Shabi said mosques complied with their instructions more than churches because when they are ordered to shut down, they “instantly bring down their speakers or reduce the noise they make”.

A picture taken on May 22, 2015 shows Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos ahead the inauguration of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari on May 29.

Nigerians are extremely religious, with a large number of evangelical churches operating in Lagos.

Christians form the majority in the city.

In 2014, 116 people died when a building owned by popular televangelist TB Joshua collapsed in Lagos.



Credit: AFP


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  1. Osas says:

    Good decision!

  2. Yemi says:

    It’s about time.

  3. Jones says:

    What took them so long?

  4. Patrick says:

    Every other State should follow suit!!

  5. Johanna says:

    Can’t you worship without disturbing your neighbour?

  6. Ade says:

    Even Mosques are noisy, so it’s a good step to shut all if them down.

  7. Jennifer Okorie says:

    Finally! Peace & quiet will return to Lag.

  8. Shehu says:

    All these noisy pastors sef

  9. Queen says:

    Abeg scrap all of them!!!

  10. Johnny says:

    There’s a church directly facing my house. I can’t even sleep at night. Everyday na night vigil. Haba!

  11. Jibril says:

    This one na gbege! Original gbege!!

  12. Mike says:

    Seriously the noise from these modern-day churches is just too much.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Noise pollution of the highest degree! No wonder Buhari can’t hear again.

  14. Neyo says:

    This is just the beginning.

  15. Musa says:

    The noise in our cities these days… na wa ooo

  16. Adams says:

    Even hotels and club houses are not spared. Lolz

  17. Mumuni says:

    People go protest ooo

  18. Bukola says:

    They should restrict the number of churches per city. The noise is too much abeg

  19. Mr. Oke says:

    It’s only God that sees the heart. It’s not by shouting & disturbing the neighbourhood.

  20. Peace says:

    Serves all of them right.

  21. Akpos says:

    See heavy noise for Lagos. Nor be small thing.

  22. Ahmed says:

    Wahala for Lagos too much sef

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