The Lagos State Government on Sunday closed down eight worship centres across the state for contravening environmental pollution regulations.
Dr Dolapo Fasawe, General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency who led the exercise, said that the facilities were closed down to save the people from health crisis that might arise from the activities of the centres.
The LASEPA boss said that there would be no hiding place for any religious organisation which failed to operate within the ambit of the law, regardless of their faith.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the sealed facilities are located at 68, Old Ota Road, Orile Agege; 4, Ademola Oshinowo Street, Off Love Street, Ketu; 1 Dele Amuda Street, Lekki.
Others are 17, Ajileye Street, Ilaje Bariga; 39, Kusenla Road, Elegushi and Ajayi Bembe Street Abule Oja, Yaba, among others.
Fasawe said that mutual respect of views, culture and religion, which the annual tolerance day celebration symbolised, must be adhered to by all residents to foster peace.
She said that religious organisations were supposed to demonstrate good conduct, tolerance, brotherliness and good neighbourliness.
The general manager, however, regretted that the conduct of some overzealous churches and mosques had caused frictions in the society.
She assured residents of the state that LASEPA would not rest on its oars in bequeathing a good ambience to all inhabitants.
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