The popular Quilox Club at Ozumba Mbadwe way, Victoria Island, was on Saturday shut by the Lagos State Government, through Lagos Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA).
The club is owned by Oyo politician and member of the House of Representatives, Shina Peller. Peller is also contesting for a Senate seat to represent Oyo North district.
The club was shut a few years ago for causing traffick and environmental disruptions.
Newspread gathered that the fresh closure was caused by non-compliance to the agency’s directive and organizing event without getting sound control permit.
The enforcement exercise which was carried out both by LASEPA and the Lagos State Task Force took place around 4.30pm after receiving lots of complaints from neighbours.
While confirming the seal off exercise, General Manager for LASEPA, Dr Dolapo Fasawe, said that the measure was imperative after the agency had received several distress calls with video evidence from concerned neighbours to support their claims on alleged environmental inconveniences made by the club without finding a way to keep a peaceful community.
Fasawe said: “To avert situation like this, we recently held a stakeholder’s parley with the Owners/ Chief Executive Officers of night clubs in the state to address the issue of noise pollution during the festive period.
“The states in its magnanimity, compassionately increased the decibels to accommodate leisure/hospitality business interest.
“We urged them to apply for sound control permits to enable us reach out and notify the host community of the intended program and further deploy our officials to the venue for proper monitoring and prevention of excessive noise pollution.”
Fasawe added: “invitation was extended to Quilox club, like every other stakeholders and was ignored by the club for reasons best known to them.”
She stated that no person or group is bigger than the society and kept on about the efforts made by her agency to make sure that all interest is protected under the law.
“Entertainment and Lagos are like a conjoined twin, thus our prolific intervention to preserve the sanctity of the state and at the same time sustain its economic relevance through aggressive environmental sustainability drive.
Fasawe continued, “to support the entrepreneurship interest of the operators, we had an agreement at the stakeholder’s parley, came up with a communique which serves as a bond guiding all parties on mode of operations during the yuletide period and consequences inherent in noncompliance to environmental mutual agreement.”