The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency(LASEPA), on Sunday clamped down on mosques and churches in some parts of the state for persistent environmental pollution and disruption of public peace.
The General Manager, LASEPA, Dr Dolapo Fasawe, while speaking to newsmen during the operation stated that there is no hiding place for any religious organisation that cannot operate within the ambit of the law, regardless of their faith inclinations.
She said mutual respect of views, culture and religion must be adhered to by all residents, adding that religious organisations are supposed to be the bastion of good conduct, tolerance, brotherliness and godly neighborliness.
Fasawe explained that the state government is positively disposed to the peaceful conduct of religion of choice by its citizens but it does not condone infringements on the rights of other residents in the name of religious activities.
She, however, assured residents that LASEPA will not rest on its oars in bequeathing a liveable ambience to all inhabitants, stressing that recalcitrant organisations or worship centres known to be disturbing the peace of residents would face the full wrath of the law.
“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 said.
According to her, the illegal and unauthorised conversion of residential properties for religious use without recourse to the well being of other residents is of great concern to the present Governor Babjide Sanwo-Olu-led administration.
Fasawe disclosed that for the facilities to be reopened, the leaders of the organisations must reach an agreement of compliance with the agency and also satisfy other necessary conditions as may be prescribed by LASEPA.
She further warned the owners and managers of the sealed properties to desist from unsealing them behind the government, noting that serious consequences awaits such unlawful act.
Some of the churches and mosques sealed are located at 68, Old Otta Rd, Orile Agege; 4, Ademola Oshinowo Street, Ketu; Dele Amuda Street, Lekki; 17, Ajileye Street, Ilaje Bariga; 39, Kusenla Road, Elegushi; Ajayi Bembe Street; Abule-Oja, Yaba among others.