On Monday, 3rd of August, 2015 the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) sealed about 30 properties for offences such as air and noise pollution. The operation took place in areas such as Surulere, Ketu, Ikorodu, Ibeju-Lekki, and Victoria Island.
Some of the notable buildings sealed off are the Rain of Power and Miracles Ministry Church, Lekki; Christ Apostolic Church, Lekki; Duckland Hotels and Suites, Ikorodu; Mela Rossa Club, Victoria Island and Hardley Apartments in Vicctoria Island, Lagos owned by former Super Eagles captain, Nwankwo Kanu.
According to reports, the generators powering Hardley Apartments had large exhaust pipes facing the road.
The LASEPA General Manager, Rasheed Shabi later held a press briefing in Ikeja and here’s what he said:
“The environment belongs to every one of us. Lagosians need to live in peace. A survey was carried out by an international organisation and it was discovered that 60 per cent of Nigerians have hearing problem.
“LASEPA, in the last two to three years, has been conducting surveys on religious houses, and our findings revealed that 95 per cent of them do not have approval to operate in Lagos.
“Most houses and club houses do not have fiscal planning approval. Before you can build any hotel anywhere in the world, there must be an environmental impact assessment.
“Most of the markets we have in Lagos State; we have people using trucks to sell their products with speakers to disturb the peace of Lagosians. Soon, we will tow as many trucks as possible to get them off the streets.”
“After today, the enforcement unit will go round. Anybody that breaks the seal has violated the Lagos State law. We will then involve the Ministry of Justice,”