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Lagos Shuts Down Lord’s Chosen, 6 Other Churches

Published on February 21, 2012 by   ·   103 Comments

The Lagos State Government has shut down the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Ministry and six other churches in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria over noise pollution.

Officials of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA stormed a branch of the Lord’s Chosen Church at 25 Omobola Street, Lawanson, Surulere area at the weekend and shut it down.

Other affected churches are Bible Church, FESTAC; The Chapter of Christ Church, Oregun, Ikeja; Assemblies of God Church, Ikeja; The Golden Gate Church, Ifako-Ijaiye and Seek and Save Ministry, Abule Egba.

The closure of the churches is coming after pre-sanction notices were given to the churches to abate the noise pollution emanating from their worship centres.

General Manager, LASEPA, Engr. Rasheed Shabi said the closure of the churches became imperative after several abatement notices issued to them were disregarded.

According to him, some of the churches even rebuffed meetings called by the agency on how to resolve the issue.

“The agency’s stance is clear on issue of noise pollution level permitted. This has been communicated to all worship centres in the state.

“The level of noise pollution allowed in the state is between 55 decibel during the day and 42 to 45 decibel at night,” he said.

Shabi said the state government was determined to reduce noise pollution in the state because of the anomalies and diseases related to it.

He enjoined worship centres in the state to comply with the state’s standard on noise, while suggesting the use of sound proof equipment by churches to reduce noise during their worship services.

Meanwhile, the large expanse of land in Ayobo where the temporary headquarters of Deeper Life Bible Church is situated may soon become a subject of litigation, as the Olalere Family has asked the church to vacate the land.

The over 150 acres of land covering Amule, Ayobo and Onikanga communities, currently accommodates the Deeper Life Bible Church main auditorium, the International Bible Training College and the proposed Anchor University owned by founder of the church, Pastor Williams Kumuyi.

Although Deeper Life Bible Church has been in possession of the land for over 30 years, the Olalere Family who now claim ownership of the land has declared the church as an illegal occupant and warned that the family may resort to court action to evict the church if it does not legalise its tenancy of the land.

The Olalere family in a letter to the church dated 7 February 2012 noted that by virtue of a 2010 court ruling by Justice Oyekan Abdullahi, the entire Ayobo community land belongs to them, and any occupant currently on the land must renegotiate their tenancy with the family.

When our reporter contacted the church over the development, secretary to the church, Pastor Jerry Asemota, said he was personally unaware of any letter to the church by the Olalere family.

He, however, said that only the legal department of the church could confirm receipt of such letters.

When asked about the Olalere family’s claim of ownership to the church land, he said: “I can assure you that we are not illegal occupants. We have been in possession of this land for 30 years and if the initial owners have problem among themselves, they should settle it amicably.”

—Kazeem Ugbodaga & Henry Ojelu

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103 Comments for “Lagos Shuts Down Lord’s Chosen, 6 Other Churches”

  1. Omooba Adeyemi

    Whether one minute spend or one hour an offence is an offence, doing selective justice is ungodly and Lagos State should not start what they can not stop. The Governor and Commissioner for Enviroment, being Muslim now make the closure of these Churches and no single mosque closed make it unacceptable. They should remember that when law is make it is not for christians alone.

  2. Lagos state govt or lawmakers or policy or enviromental ministry,oneday they will all ask for mercy bcus God almighty cannot be mocked so easily and go free,all lagos state government will come under the knees of the church and ask for forgiveness and surrender to jesus.

  3. Adviser

    Pls, let’s not divert the attention of the masses with our sentimental comments. Shutting the Churches, I am sure is not a day decision. LASEPA should be contacted to know what really transpired before the closure. I think, this is the path to success.

    If we have to be objective, may practise christianity with sentiments, each church competing in space and strenght of equipment used. Or what can be said of a building featuring 9 different churches and each staging different programmes at different hours of the day. Or in a community of about 40 buildings (in Ketu) where 12 of them are full fledge churches!!! The only Mosque there is a Boys Quarter. You hardly have an hour free throughout the week!!!

    It is the turn of churches today, let them bears it. If the Mosques also contravene the law, let them be shut too.

    Pls let the comments here be logical and not sentimental.

    Raji Fashola, LASEPA, ride on please…… Eko o nii baje!!!

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