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Lagos Government Bans Live Band Music in Bars and Restaurants



Lagos State Government has banned live band music in bars and restaurants within the state and persons that refuse to adhere will have to have to pay N500,000.

According to PM News,  the government also warned religious houses to procure sound proof in order to minimize the effect of noise pollution.

General Manager‎, Lagos State Environment Protection Agency, LASEPA, Adebola Shabi said the decision on noise pollution came as a result of the increasing rate of petitions by residents, who were lamenting the frequent disturbance from the beer parlours, clubs and religious houses.

On procurement of sound proof for churches, mosques, beer parlour and restaurants, Shabi added: “Any new church to be built must come and get a sign-off from the agency, the old one should start putting sound proof now. It must be acoustic .”

‎While harping on the ban of live band at bars and other places, the LASEPA boss warned “Any complaint from the residents henceforth, there will be sanction. They must obtain permit to do so and failure to obtain permit, the fine is N500, 000. We must discourage needless noise making at our residences.”

Photo Credit: Governor Ambode Akinwunmi


  1. AJ

    March 22, 2017 at 12:13 am

    This would be a well thought out policy if well implemented. In a country where people are always suspicious of one another, I implore the government to be careful in this direction in order to avert accusations of bias. As such, this ban should be extended to mosques that erect their call to prayer speakers outside, indiscriminate use of siren by all manner of persons outside the constitutionally recognised officials and the blaring of horns by vehicles without good reason. All these are also sources of public noise pollution which must be tackled.

    • keke driver

      March 22, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      RUBBISH!!! And what will happen to freedom park? smdh

    • Jade edo babe

      March 22, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Yes, mosque should be included. That scary loud random noise out of no where calling to face west abi na east to pray should be banned. Churches that do unnecessary shouting, singing(especially ones with terrible voices) MUST soundproof.
      I’m surprised GENERATOR noise is not included and they are not doing anything about the number one killer(sarcasm). On a serious note, the noise and pollution from generator is out of control. Chai, i couldn’t hear very well last december when i was in naija, the amout of shouting, yelling i did in nigeria eh. I lost my voice, developed migraine took me almost a month to be normal again when i came back. You will see a fine house like this, painted with dark spots, you are breathing in engine oil and all sort of particles. Naijas know how to suffer sha.
      Fashola, please work on fixing the power system in naija. The suffering is too much.

  2. mouth mouth

    March 22, 2017 at 12:15 am

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah omg . AM DEAD . THE GREAT NIGERIA COUNTRY HMMMM

  3. nene

    March 22, 2017 at 12:32 am

    what;s the meaning of this? they should ban unnecessary noise outside, not within a building

  4. Me

    March 22, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Look at them focusing on what’s really important…. I really love my country.

    Pstchwww, it is well.

    • RE

      March 22, 2017 at 4:13 am

      7.2 million Nigerians are victims of hearing loss, noise pollution in Nigeria is often ignored, but it is a very very big problem. 17.2 % of Nigerians have at least one hearing disease. I believe the law is directed to outdoor settings. Till you read the actual Bill, you cannot now the specific details of the law.

    • Ekoatheist

      March 22, 2017 at 8:35 am

      And you really think its because of Live Music you dim wit! Did you even consider the millions of rumbling generator??? I don’t condone stupidity. Think damnit.

    • Reni

      March 22, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Lmao please be sensible! You can’t just throw numbers together and think you’re saying something substantial.

    • RE

      March 22, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      @Ekoatheist Never said it was because of Live Music, for a matter of fact never gave a cause (the research was conducted by Stella Odueme, not me), English is simple when you read properly, also try and read the actual Bill before passing any judgement. You cannot possibly have a contructive argument without reading the Bill, please stop making assumptions it helps no one. Have a nice day!

      @Reni, here is the full link to my research paper Sources are clearly cited. Enjoy your day!

    • Niyi Thompson

      March 31, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      Where are your statistics from please?

  5. tunmi

    March 22, 2017 at 3:12 am

    Basically bars and restaurants must have a permit for the noise. But… Is this a noise permit? What’s the maximum loudness allowed?

  6. Author Unknown

    March 22, 2017 at 5:15 am

    You ban live bands in bars and restaurants because of noise control? Where else would live bands then play? Have you asked yourself whether your lax building and zoning enforcement is to blame in the first place? Bars and restaurant springing up right in the middle of residential neighbourhoods without control. How many decibels will be the maximum acceptable noise level? Just a complaint from a resident will result in a sanction? E sharp gan ni. Lagos State Government just looking for people to tax up and down.

  7. Ada

    March 22, 2017 at 6:21 am

    This is a good thing however it is silly of the government to purnish the cotozens for their own stupidity. If the Lagos state as a whole had adhered to city planning codes, surely there wouldnt be any churches or mosques situated close to residential areas. Now a whole state will be purnished for thia.

  8. IQ police

    March 22, 2017 at 8:25 am

    I’m mad at this cos I like live music..thumbs down to ambode for this.please focus on more pressing issues

  9. Sheri

    March 22, 2017 at 9:04 am

    But Governor Ambode. Are you forgetting your favourite chilling spot in Victoria island that are popularly known for live band music? Are you forgetting the way they rallied around you before word got round to everyone that you were going to contest for governorship. Na Wah o. You’re now a big man, making things difficult for those who used to accommodate you. No wahala o, ride on sir. We are watching you. ???

  10. Bee

    March 22, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Do they really think about these things? Now where do these band members go from here? The mosques and churches around my house in Ebutta Metta are still making noise every morning o…you’re here banning live band.

  11. adelegirl

    March 22, 2017 at 9:23 am

    I can understand this. Live bands can be a nuisance in residential areas just as bad as churches or mosques. The solution though should not be to ban them, after all we did not ban churches or mosques because of noise pollution. The same solution should apply to live bands.

    Meanwhile, how does one report noise pollution in Lagos? What is the procedure?

  12. Keinde ayo

    March 22, 2017 at 10:22 am

    This is welcome development. Our churches and mosque should be to use sound proof doors and windows. They can’t try all noise pollution in other part of the world. The answer is no no no no. Kudos to gov ambode.

  13. Abuks

    March 22, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Misplaced Priority!

  14. John Gidi

    March 22, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    I think Ambode or who ever is in charge of this is being STUPID!!!!


    March 22, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    It’s certainly a very good idea to try to contact noise pollution in Lagos State. But a total ban on live music in bars is outrageous and heavy handedness. This is another business killing decision which no potential investor(s) will be happy to read about/hear. Lagos State government should instead advice businesses interested in having live performances to noise proof part of their establishment reserved for that purpose. Another dumb decision by the Lagos State Government under the leadership of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

  16. Daphne _647

    March 22, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    I don’t think anyone of you commenters have lived near a bar or church /mosque.
    I do
    I live at Gowon estate close to Havana. At night, there are 2 club with Djs, and 2 restaurants with live bands, they play till 3 a.m
    Then the celestial church plays music for their vigil everyday of the week.
    Then by 6 a.m , a speaker for a mosque starts with their call to prayer.
    We also have 2 schools in the area so during the day, it’s bells and kids’ noise.
    So you’ll understand if we are doing Cartwheels over here upon hearing this news

  17. Bodman

    March 22, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    But does this address those overzealous guys who only starts their daily Evangelism at 5AM using big megaphones? At least they have no physical building but storm front of your windows to wake disturb residents with their holier than thou spirits. Does this law also ban use of DJ as well in this club, bar? Enforce it more on those religious bodies they are really the cause of our wahala

  18. Assman

    March 23, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Hmmmmmm Smh, lets see how this will be achieved. Do u for instance think of how many people make a living from playing at a live ban? I don’t think you do, well done sir.

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