Churches, Mosques, nightclubs, bars and event centres in Lagos State have been warned against noise pollution or risk been shut down.
The warning was issued by the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) in statement the agency posted on LASEPA’s X handle.
According to the agency, excessive noise poses a significant threat to the tranquillity and well-being of the communities
“Ensure that sound levels are maintained within acceptable limits as a gesture of consideration for our neighbourhoods.
“Together, we can enjoy our spaces without causing undue disturbance and foster a quieter and more peaceful environment.”
To support its warning, the agency called the attention of the affected groups to Section 199 Sub-section k, l and m of the Lagos State law, especially in relation to noise pollution.
“Section 199 Sub-section k, l and m the agency shall have the power to make regulations on (k) Noise standard for any product or class which emits noise capable of adversely affecting the public health or welfare; (l) Noise standard for any product or class, which is sold wholly or in part on the basis of its effectiveness in reducing noise; (m) The agency shall have the power to make regulations on noise pollution standards in any residential, religious, commercial, industrial or any other premises with a view to controlling the psychological and physiological effects of noise on human and the effects of noise on domestic animals, wildlife and property.“
In an unfortunate development, gunmen have reportedly kidnapped an Anglican priest, Rev Agbadamashi Emmanuel, his wife and children.
The incident occurred along the East-West road by Evwreni junction.
It was gathered that the cleric and members of his family were travelling from Ughelli to Uwheru community, in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State when the gunmen attacked and kidnapped them.
As of the time of this report, the cleric and his family are still in captivity.
The Public Relations Officer of the Anglican Communion, Ughelli Diocese, Hon Justice Iyasere confirmed the report in a telephone chat with our correspondent in Warri.
He, however, could not confirm if the kidnappers have made any demand for ransom.
When contacted, the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe promised to get back as soon as he gets information from the police division.