6 Church Members Arrested By Police For Noise Pollution In Ogba, Lagos State

Published On: February 11, 2016, 7:32 am
Author: Daniel Bosai
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-- Online (m) at 11-02-2016 07:32AM

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The police in Lagos have arrested six persons for allegedly disturbing the peace of residents of Olaomibiyi Street, Ogba, during a church service.



The members – Ngozichukwu Onyebuchi (44), Clement Eromosele (26), Chukwudi Akwegbu (26), Chibuzor Chukwu (18), Godspower Enudi (21) and Okorie Livonus (36) – were arraigned in a Lagos Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ogba.

They were accused of converting a residential apartment to a church.


Punch Metro learnt that the landlord and residents of the building where the defendants gathered to worship had complained that the congregation caused noise pollution whenever they prayed.

They were said to have cautioned the worshippers to lower their voices, but the members reportedly declined.

A Punch correspondent gathered that the church was reported to the police at the Pen Cinema division, who arrested the six members on January 14 during Sunday service, while the others were said to be at large.

They were brought before a Chief Magistrate, Mrs. T. Akanni, on two counts of engaging in a conduct capable of causing a breach of the peace.

The offence, according to a police prosecutor, Inspector Clifford Ogu, is punishable under sections 410 and 166 (1) (d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.

The charges read, “That you, Ngozichukwu Onyebuchi, Clement Eromosele, Chukwudi Akwegbu, Chibuzor Chukwu, Godspower Enudi and Okorie Livonus, and others still at large on Olaomibiyi Street, Ogba, Lagos, on January 14, 2016, at about 8am in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire to commit felony to wit: conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace.

“That you and others still at large on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned magisterial district, did unlawfully convert the residential apartment of the aforementioned house to a church and disturb peace of the landlord and other tenants as you were praying on top of your voice, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 166 (1) (d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.”



The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and elected summary trial.

The presiding magistrate, Akanni, admitted them to bail in the sum of N50,000 each with two sureties each in like sum. The magistrate added that the sureties must provide evidence of tax payments and their residential addresses to the court for the perfection of the defendants’ bail.



-- ficull Online (m) at 11-02-2016 07:42AM
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About time..
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-- lilchuks28 (m) at 11-02-2016 07:56AM
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Ewele,......Make I say nah attack on Christians, cos nah so some Muslims turn one house wey close to me to mosque and nah so dem use their speaker take face my window cun dey hala Alah Akubar take dey disturb my peace every morning. 
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-- zezprincess (f) at 11-02-2016 08:05AM
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Hmmmmmm,that's why the whole neigbourhood gang up against them&report them to police,Is like that ogba side na occultic area&they no wan hear the gospel,chaaaii,diariz godoooo.
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-- concentrate (m) at 11-02-2016 08:06AM
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What nonsense! how many mallam have been arrested for disturbing the neighbourhood with their early morning noise making megaphone. this police are definitely looking for trouble.
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-- Mopera (m) at 11-02-2016 08:13AM
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Make I say nah
attack on Christians, cos nah
so some Muslims turn one
house wey close to me to
mosque and nah so dem use
their speaker take face my window cun dey hala Alah
Akubar take dey disturb my
peace every morning
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-- kison (m) at 11-02-2016 08:17AM
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HABA NOW POLICE.....ROBBERS DEY THERE UNA NO GO ARREST THEM,,NA PERSON WAY DEY PRAISE GOD NA HIN UNA GO ARREST....POLICE be careful,be very very careful,CAREFULLLLLLLLLLLLLLL..................
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-- victorstic1 Online (m) at 11-02-2016 08:54AM
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TO THE LAYMAN IS NOISE POLLUTION BUT IN THE REALM OF THE SPIRIT IS SPIRITUAL CONFUSION AND WARFAR  THE LIGHT SHINETH AND DARKNESS CANNOT COMPREHEND IT
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-- kp45 (m) at 11-02-2016 09:10AM
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No joy
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-- dareper (m) at 11-02-2016 09:30AM
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That's insane, how could they arrest innocent worshipers
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-- Trueyarn (m) at 11-02-2016 10:15AM
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Hmmm,noise for Naija nah wetin everybody suppose don dey use to because nearly every neighbour hood get church and mosque full am.
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-- princedafe (m) at 11-02-2016 10:40AM
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Another senseless change you guys voted for.

Arresting noisy prayer warriors
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-- ujmaria (f) at 11-02-2016 11:02AM
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Noise pollution everywhere
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-- gogoman (m) at 11-02-2016 11:36AM
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better good move lagos government
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-- favuman (m) at 11-02-2016 11:40AM
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how many mallam have been arrested for disturbing the neighbourhood with their early morning noise making megaphone.
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-- winace (f) at 11-02-2016 11:56AM
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Na all of them. Both Christians and Muslim in fact d Muslims own worst. Every 5am to wake pple up as if they have right to. Wats dat.
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-- emma4love3 (m) at 11-02-2016 12:17PM
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no be lie.....some local church
dem dey cos disturbance
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-- emma4love3 (m) at 11-02-2016 12:17PM
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no be lie.....some local church
dem dey cos disturbance
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-- ngfineface (f) at 11-02-2016 02:10PM
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Quote from: Onojovwo Michael Ochuko on 11-02-2016 07:56AM
Ewele,......Make I say nah attack on Christians, cos nah so some Muslims turn one house wey close to me to mosque and nah so dem use their speaker take face my window cun dey hala Alah Akubar take dey disturb my peace every morning. 

Hahahahahaa. Bros na your own I come pity pass. Ndo
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-- AmazingMarie (f) at 11-02-2016 09:20PM
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blessed are those when men persecute you, revile you and do you evil for my sake rejoice and be glad for great is your reward so they persecuted  the prophets.  the police would have given them warning instead of charging them to court.
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