Emma Elekwa, Onitsha
A Chief Justice of the Peace Courtroom in Nnewi, Anambra State presided over by Emekwue AC has sealed off one of many new era church buildings within the space over noise air pollution.
The church management which was sued by the Director of Environmental Well being Companies and the Nnewi North native authorities space, was additionally given ten days for relocation.
In a cost quantity NMC/10c/2019, the church was prosecuted on two depend costs below the general public well being legal guidelines of Anambra state.
The church was accused of mounting amplifier and 5 loudspeakers in entrance of its premises, tuned at a really excessive pitch, resulting in heavy noise air pollution and stressed evening throughout the neighbourhood.
The prosecution described the state of affairs as ‘prejudicial to man’s well being’, which is punishable below part 21 of the general public well being legal guidelines of Anambra state 2006.
The church was additionally accused of failure to adjust to phrases and requisition of abatement discover referenced No: 00000896 served on it.
The prosecution maintained that the situation was punishable below sections 8(1,4b) and 9(1,2) of the general public well being legal guidelines of Anambra state.
It offered three witnesses who all testified that the church actions, significantly throughout its vigils held between 11pm to 4am constituted supply of noise air pollution in addition to critical disturbance to an 86 year-old girl.
The President-Normal of the group who appeared as witness to the defendant, mentioned he was a neighbour to the complainant, including that the church actions didn’t disturb anyone.
Delivering judgement on the matter, Emekwue AC directed the Director of environmental well being providers and Nnewi North Native Authorities Space to seal off the church and cease the defendant from persevering with church actions within the facility.
The court docket additionally directed the defendant to relocate the church inside 10 days or face one-year jail time period with out choice of high-quality.
A resident of the world who witnessed the sealing off of the church, however most popular anonymity, described the court docket ruling as lengthy awaited.
He mentioned, “It’s a factor of pleasure that the court docket has lastly come to the rescue of the individuals who haven’t recognized peace for the reason that church was opened of their neighbourhood.
“We’re all Christians right here however all makes an attempt to make the pastor and his church see cause on the hazard his actions pose to the nicely being of the folks has at all times been misunderstood.
“They always tag those of us who are complaining as being occults.”