Nigeria: Authorities seal off 55 churches over worshipping loudly

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Christians in Nigeria

Nigerian authorities shut down churches because of alleged noisy worship.

According to details, authorities in Lagos have closed churches across the city after several complains poured in terming the worship as noisy. According to Nigerian authorities from the environmental protection stated that 22 churches were sealed off after locals complained about the worship services.

Adebola Shabi, Head of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency said, “On my phone alone, I get 20 SMS on a daily basis. In the next five years, if there is no stringent policy on the siting of religious houses, there will be problem.”

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“With the enforcement today, we would have sealed about 55 premises because the last enforcement we carried out, we shut 33 premises. I gave approval for closure of 22 premises today, making 55.”

According to the officials about 50 telephone calls and 20 text messages were received per day complaining about noise, from churches. Adebola Shabi said the churches would be allowed to reopen after paying fines starting at 50,000 naira ($250, 225 euros).