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Lagos Shuts Down Lord’s Chosen, 6 Other Churches  print

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. Tayo

    It’s a good thing to tackle noise pollution. Actions shouldnt be centered on churches alone, mosques and record vendors are culprits as well. I can cite an example, there’s a mosque opposite my house whose cone speakers are channel to my window. The noise is an eyesore, as I find it difficult to stay in the house during ramaddan period as it is more intense then. I’m in support of the fight against noise pollution but it should be done without prejudice.

  2. About time too. The social ills associated with high noise levels emanating from places of worship – churches and mosques alike leave much to be desired. Noisy environment has impact on the state of health of its inhabitants. It manifests itself in irritable behaviour such as anger, road rage, low productivity arising from sleep deprivation, partial deafness, etc. In the Alimosho Model City Plan (www.alimosho2020.com), we advocated that external loudspeakers should not be allowed on buildings. I am excited that the State Governor is acting to stop this menance to the society. Long Live Fashola (SAN), Eko Oni Baje.

  3. Omo baba

    It sad and barbaric for lagos state govt to tag prayer,singing and praising our creator as noise making.what hapen to mosque,now muslim do vigil with their haujah they even use drum set because they belief churces is using that to hijack their sons and ladies infact my pastor is an alfa before he met jesus.tel mr gov to be careful,here no be malla land oooh.

  4. chris Umukoro

    With all the noise from mosques by the muslims worshipers; why are the Lagos state govt agents not touching them also. On mosques they become toothless bull dogs.
    Quite funny.

  5. bidemi

    This ‎​Ȋ̝̊̅§ clear rubbish,I grew up hearing d noises from mosques 5 times a day n nobody has been arrested or d mosques closed.This ‎​Ȋ̝̊̅§ selective judgement n it should be stopped by d govt now.

    • jj

      max mins used by muslim for their solat is 10mins, no cross-overnight disturbances

      • 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.

  6. osharode kess

    Everyone here has made his or her point. And we should agree that God is not
    The author of confusion, everything ought to be orderly in God’s house of worship,
    Worship so says the bible. No one can fight for God but God can fight for us, so
    Let’s allow God to test this policy of the government, if its good, it will stay
    But if its bad, it won’t stay, Jesus never called those who persecuted him fools
    And idiot as some have called other here in their comments, so re these ones
    Really christ like? Well! Am happy the policy didn’t say xtians should not
    Worship but it says we should reduce the noise. Every nigerian want to live abroad
    Cos its an organised place of beauty and orderliness but no nigerian want
    To bear such the pains of achievin such beauty and orderliness.

    • Akintola

      I think u have given a very sensible appraisal. I believe the government is trying to put moderacy in the way we do things in Nigeria. Both muslims & christians alike complain about this form of pollution in their various homes.

    • Simione

      God bless you my broda. There should be limits to everything. You don’t have to inconvenience others because you want to praise God. That is, you are flouting God’s greatest commandment.’.love your neighbour as yourself ‘ and yet you are claiming you are worshiping him. The noise is becoming too much and something has to be done. Right step LASG!!

  7. OLAIDE

    kudo to every rightly thinking nigerian. govtm. has just started, let wait and see. there is no doubt of noise pollution in NIG.

  8. Abubakar

    As far as Islam is concerned no prayer lasts more than 30 minutes or one hour.

  9. madawaki,rtd

    how many mosques are affected? does the lagos state agency hear their loud speakers? these are muslems in govt of lagos. but let them ask B.Marwa,former militry gov.of lagos when he wanted to destroy mountain of fire church.

    • tunde

      remember God create two period for mankind to survive day for struggle while night is for rest. but is unfortunate that the case of Nigeria is different if at all u want to pray do in silent manner because is for you alone even from where they bring this religion from is not practice in a violence manner like this. though this has being nigerian blood , sentiment and overdo, sentiment apart u hardly hear noise in the mosque in the mind night while people are sleeping infarct it will not happen because the mosque will be lock after the last prayer of the day. i believe the state agency has been giving circular before this action. because of masses complain not Muslim.

  10. Umah G

    I quite agree with the effort of the government to control noise pollution, but it is curious if the churches are the worst culprits. Do the churches now operate everyday like the mosques. What can be more polluting than someone mount ahuja speakers on a rooftop and blasting it out every 5 hours. Are they deaf to these practices. Why is it even that the southwest of Nigeria has mostly been governed by muslims. We read in history that those those who brought civilisation to the south west were christians.

  11. Prince Cokers

    Ita kuta ni guguru finta kuro ninu agbada. Alots of you thought you can fight for God? Not so at all. listen to this truth and write today’s date. Let anyone or govt tries to shurt a living church down because of what they called a noice polution. Then, you will see the annoyance of GOD IN RAW FORM. God is not a kid that those silly excuses can scar. You will soon see a scape goat who dare go to the living church where the presence od God is. It will start from the one in power to the least in the street.Mark today’s date.
    God is a consuming FIRE….. Fear Him Fashola! Learn from King Nebuchadnezzar who was mightier than you. God converted him to animal. In fact, I am really sorry for you!

    • Akintola

      My brother, from what i’ve read, i don’t see the governor trying to “fight” God. Though i can’t see his heart to know if he has ulterior motives, but to be sincere with u, we overdo things in Nigeria. He isn’t preventing christians from worshipping by trying to moderate the noise level. Our messages can always be communicated well to our listeners, without having others unduely disturbed. Thanks.

  12. Lawal

    You are obviously lacking knowledge which is why you have written such a comment…Who told you Western civilisation is the first civilisation in Africa? The way in which Muslims and Christian practice are different….Muslim call to prayer 5 times a day and the call to prayer last at most 5 mins or less….Also not all mosque uses megaphone. More churches also now operate more than 4 times a week. You questioned why soutwest has been governed more by muslim? Are stupid or what…Look at the history and it will tell you Islam was in Africa and Nigeria far before the whiteman and christianity…Mr Umah G. please know history before posting in a public domain….

  13. Esther

    Noise is an enemy to goodhealth,but d state Gov should be careful in their judgement in order not to invite d wrath of upon Lagos.Why churches? How many days in a week is this noise heard? What of those record advertizers out there 24/7? There is peace in Lagos state not by your power, pls let not stir up d anger of God from closing a place of worship. Those churches should be re opened as a matter of urgency.May God bless Nigeria,Eko o ni baje

  14. Prince Cokers

    Can you compare UK with Nigeria Lagos? How many poverty striken people are roaming about in the Uk? how many beggars are there on the Uk streets? How many Churches are violent in prayer in there? Are 100% of the Uk citizen black? Listen, when commenting, you need not compare this country with those advanced Nation. There are lot of things the Fashola administration should have shurt down such as those ipata called Agbero of union or what do you call them rather than churches. Listen, except he repent, he has crossed the limit of his decency. Take it from me.

  15. OGBENI NAIJA

    How many mosques has Lagos state govt closed are the mosques not mking noise.I hope the LASEPA chairman RasheedShabi is not becoming another jihadst in Lagos state.
    As for the jobless,lazy (ole darun,alapa mashishe,agb lowo meri) omo onile,the better they they lookfr jobs to do the bett for them.If not thwill eventualy die in hunger because their fathers must havesold collected money for the land.Their fathers sold the lands,collected mony,married mor wives and gave birth to these nuisance who are now crying for the bonafide land owners to quite.Those of thm now that want the land back,it is the money thei fathers made from land that was used to marry their mothers. Useless,lazy people hear them saying We own the whole Ayobowhere areyur fathers that sold lanto feed becaause of their lazyness,it is better for you to start selling the sky,if not your generation will die of hunger,AWON BABA YIN TO TA ILE JEUN DA LONI,OYA EMA TA SANMO.

  16. Tochukwu Megastar Mbadugha

    Fashola’s government is a government of cards and falsehood, partiality and discrimination. May the God of Chosen avenge this madness of evil men of Lagos government. We knows how he is looting lagos fund with his predecessor and how he uses LASTMA to loot the less priviledged forgeting that the curses of the poor shall expose his complicities and put him in eternal damnation. He should stop his tribalistic tendency or perish. The virus called fashola!

  17. OGBENI NAIJA

    How many mosques has Lagos state govt closed are the mosques not making noise.I hope the LASEPA chairman Rasheed Shabi is not becoming another jihadist in Lagos state.
    As for the jobless,lazy (ole darun,alapa mashishe,agba lowo meri) omo onile,the better they they look for jobs to do the better for them.If not they will eventualy die in hunger because their fathers have sold and collected money for the land.Their fathers sold the lands,collected money,married more wives (their mothers) and gave birth to these nuisance who are now crying for the bonafide land owners to quite.Those of them now that want the land back forget that it is the money theri fathers made from land that was used in marrying their mothers. Useless,lazy people hear them saying that they own the whole Ayobo where are your fathers that sold land to feed becaause of their lazyness,because they cant work.It is better for you to start selling the sky,if not your generation will die of hunger,AWON BABA YIN TO TA ILE JEUN DA LONI,OYA EMA TA SANMO NISHO.A bunch of Jobless,lazy people.Even if they re buy the land from you,what will you with the cursed money than to drink,smoke,marry more useless women like you people and make party for your children many of whom you are not sure of their parternity ,while you born more uselss agberos whom you will train to school than to be agberos thugs,criminals and best of them will be commercial bus conductors

  18. johnjay

    Noise pollution? Ah! What will become of Owambe parties. The strange thing is that they have singled out churches. At least they are not throwing bombs.

  19. Lanre

    I agree that Churches (some of them) particularly the new pentecostal ones can really be a nuisance. But in the same vein something needs to be done about mosques too. The early morning “E wa shaluwala……” lol can sometimes be disturbing. But I can still tolerate it except when the sermon starts and the imam sometimes blasts into the P.A.
    I am a christian and I can say I have confronted some pastors when they start this their night vigil. Disturbing the night peace when I am busy with kokolettes in my Lagos hideout…..

  20. lawal

    noise cause a lot of damages to d ears, there is a limit d ear can tolerate, it is about public health. this is not a religious war, it is about regulation. some comments are inciting religious enemity. if any mosque is has violated d maximum noise limit then report to d agency cconcerned. do not hit up d polity. do we really have d fear of GOD? OR IS RELIGION FOR MONEY MAKING. WE cannot force our faith on people. NOISE OR HYPOCRISY WILL NOT HELP MATTERS. Praying 5 times a day is not noise making,

  21. Emmanuel

    I really think Gov. Fashola is treading on a very sensitive issue of religion. As an experienced politician, he should know his motives for closing these churches will be called to question, especially because he’s a Muslim. We all know churches and mosques do make noise, but closing 7 churches in one sweep without touching one single mosque will definitely raise an eye brow. He should have approached this issue with extreme caution. The last thing we want is a religious conflict btw Christians and Muslims in Lagos.

  22. Cornelius

    I pray the lagos state govt carries out this policy with transparency because all the affected places mentioned so far are Christian’s worship centers. i believe that is why some people are seeing their action as been sentimental which i also partially agree with them. Anyway, i pray that this policy of man does not contradicts that of the Living God whose anger no man can withstand, for it is written, it’s a fearful thing falling into the hands of the living God. I also hoped that Fashola will this time look into the issue of touts popularly refers to as ‘Agbero’ who are out there at every bus stop disturbing and harrasing the innocent citizens who enguages in commercial transports to earn their living. that menance is even worse that the noise pollution we are talking about. My advice to our Christian brothers and sisters is to stay calm, manifesting meekness as one of the fruits of the Spirit while tabling their petition to God in prayer but shld not forget to exhibit compliance because the Bible commands we shld be obedient to those in Authority.

    • Blessing

      i totally agree with u Cornelius. I pray that God will interven in this matter and also direct the Lagos State.Govt. to right decision so that peace can reign in Lagos State.

  23. Keecky

    Signs of d last hour… GOD save us.

  24. Let cautionary words be send across to music vendors with their crude instruments ,nosgues and churches etc.. let the closed churches be opened immediatley. Do not rebel against God,

  25. IT IS A NICE THING TO CHECK POLUTION, HOWEVER THE LASEPA CHIEF WHO IS A MUSLIM SHOULD CONDUCT THE AFFAIRS IN A WAY THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF BRF IS NOT LABELLED AS ANTI-CHRISTIANITY BECAUSE OF HIS ACTION. THE MUSIC DEALEDS AND MOSQUES MAKES MORE NOISE THAN THE CHURCHES.
    I ALSO LEARNT THAT THE RESIDENTS OF JUSTICE ELIAS’ ESTATE AT OWODE-ONIRIN ON IKORODU HAD MADE SEVERAL COMPLAINT ON A MORE DEADLY AIR POLLUTION GOING ON DAY AND NIGHT IN OWODE-ONIRIN MARKET, THE FUME FROM WHATEVER THEY BURN THERE IS CHOKY AND BELEIVED TO BE VERY DANGEROUS BECAUSE OF THE TOXIDITY OF CARBON-MONOCIDE BUT LASEPA HAD REFUSE TO STORM THE MARKET FOR INVESTIGATION. IS IT BECAUSE THE MOST OF THE OPERATORS ARE HIS FELLOW MUSLIMS? OGA, YOU MUST BE SEEN TO BE FAIR IN CARRYING OUT YOUR DUTIES.

  26. stanley

    that is not bad bt should be done with exta caution .nigeria is hanging on risk of religious crises.any little action can triger it.my candid advice is that gov fasiola should arainge a meeting with C.A.N. and Islamic leaders.Cd sellers nd funny enough boutique and electronics seller.after dis a policy will be drawn nd decision taken.the problem of this country is always improper consultation befor decision taken.plsssssss 4 the interest of peasce.thank u

  27. irkson

    Thank God the authoourities have woken up at last. The activities of some Churches, Mosques, Okada, Music vendors, early morning preachers, Danfo etc etc should be checked.

    Please we should try not to be sentimental about this. Govt officials should also not give room for insinuations.

  28. APOSTLE CHRIS WONDER

    No matter what……
    God must be praised!
    Praise the Lord.

  29. Joseph

    Anti-christ on rampage. Well my advice for this government is that they should reopen the affected churches immediately and tender an apology. They should remember that God is a consuming fire and respecter of no persons. Noise? Which is noise? When they were campaigning for their elections making noise here and there nobody raise an eye brow. What about noise and harassment from agbero boys? Their owambe party nko? God is watching!

  30. ITUNU ATERE,LAGOS

    I’LL SUGGST THAT A TASK FORCE BE PUT IN PLACE TO REMOVE MOUNTED HORN SPEAKERS ON D ROOFS/WALLS IN CHURS,MOSQS&MOTOR PARKS RATHER THAN SHUTTING WORSHP CENTRES.THEN OPEN AIR CRUSADES&CARNIVALS SHLD B MONITORED BY ‘LASEPA’ TO ENSURE THE REQ’RD DECIBELS COMPLIANCE.THE SHUT CHURCHES SHOULD BE RE_OPEND TO FORESTALL UNNECESSARY RELIGIOUS TENSION IN THE STATE.’EKO O NI BAJE O’

  31. akin

    shine your eyes southwesterners. bokoharam spirited people are springing up.
    this action could lead to religious tension in our land

  32. 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.

  33. 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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