Some churches and Mosques in some areas of Lagos state has been sealed by the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA.
According to LASEPA, the religious centers have been disrupting the peace of the neighborhood and causing environmental pollution.
This was made known by the LASEPA General Manager, Dr Dolapa Fasawe on Sunday.
The religious centers situated at 68, old Otta Rd, Orile Agege, 4, Ademola Oshinowo Street, Ketu, Dele Amuda Street, Lekki, 17, Ajileye Str, Ilaje Bariga, 39, Kusenla Road Elegunshi, Ajayi Bembe Street, Abule-Oja, Yaba among others were affected.
She said, “The government recognises the fact that the state thrives on peaceful co-existence among practitioners of the major religions, but of great concern to the government is the need for religious activities to be conducted in a manner that worshippers and citizens would not infringe on each other’s rights.”
She added that the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu is concerned about the illegal and unauthorised conversion of residential properties. She further warned that religious centers that disturb the peace of the resident will face the full wrath of the state.
She stated that the action taken is not to infringe on the right of worship of the people and the government is committed to the peaceful conduct of religion of choice by its citizens.
However, despite the outcry of the residents in such areas and the warnings issued to the religious centers by the management, she said that the warnings have not produced any positive result.
The LASEPA boss added that the religious centers must accept the conditions of the management before there centers will be reopened.