Lagos state government bans burial on residential premises
- People who have residences in Lagos can no longer be buried in their premises
- The state government said this is to prevent the transmission of communicable diseases in the state
- Meanwhile, Lagosians have reacted to the news, with some people claiming enforcing it will not be easy
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In what will come as a rude shock to many Lagosians, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu's government has declared that it is a crime to embalm or bury a dead person on any residential premises.
The government disclosed this on Wednesday, December 9, in a statement titled, ‘Burial prohibited on residential premises – LASG’, Punch reports.
According to the statement, Ade Adeyemo, the executive secretary of Lagos State Law Reform Commission, gave the reasons why the government took the decision.
She said this is done in an effort to prevent the transmission of communicable diseases in the state.
The statement read in part:
“It is an offense to use residential premises as morgues, embalmment centres or burial sites”, Adeyemo stressed that the Commission is tasked with the onerous responsibility of updating and reviewing laws that address immediate and peculiar needs of Lagosians at every point in time."
Meanwhile, some Nigerians claim enforcing the ban will be difficult in Lagos. According to Joseph Eyitayo who spoke to Legit.ng, Lagosians will bury their dead in their residences without the government knowing.
Another speaker who spoke to Legit.ng is Fisayo Jimoh. He said it is unethical for people to bury the dead in a residential building in the first place.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that there are reasons to suspect that the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic spoken of by the federal government has begun already.
For close to one week, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has continued to record a steady increase in the number of new cases across the nation.
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The latest record of the NCDC released on Wednesday, December 9, confirms this fear.
On its Twitter page, the NCDC reported that Lagos (with 219 infections) is still on top of the list of high-risk states.
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