Synagogue Collapse: Bodies of six victims still unidentified

A Consultant Pathologist, John Obafunwa, on Friday said forensic examiners have yet to identify the bodies of six victims of the Synagogue Church of All Nations building collapse.

Mr. Obafunwa, a professor and Chief Medical Examiner of Lagos State, disclosed this while presenting the final report to the coroner’s inquest set up to unravel the cause of the incident.

The inquest was set up by the Lagos State Government to investigate the Sept. 12, 2014 building collapse which killed 116 people, mainly South Africans.

The report entitled: “Report on the Collapsed Building in Synagogue Church of All Nations,’’ was admitted by the court as Exhibit 034.

Led in evidence by Akingbolahan Adeniran, counsel to the Lagos State Government, the witness said autopsies were performed on the 116 bodies recovered from the collapse site.

He said the post mortem examinations were concluded on Sept. 30, 2014 and the samples for DNA examination were sent to Unistel Laboratory in South Africa.

Mr. Obafunwa said: “the first set of DNA and fingerprinting results were sent to me on Nov. 3, 2014. Thereafter, an identification committee was set up.

“At this time, 74 South Africans (as well as few from Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, etc) were identified and subsequently released to the South African Authority on Nov. 15, 2014.

“Again, the identification committee sat on Feb. 4, 2015 following the receipt of other results from South Africa.

“During this time, another 11 South Africans were identified and again released to their authority on Feb. 5, 2015, thus concluding the release of a total of 85 victims of South African origin.

“The respective death certificates as well as embalmment certificates were also handed over to the South African authority.’’

According to him, in addition to these figures, 25 others (comprising 22 Nigerians, two Beninois and one Togolese) were identified and released, bringing the total number of deceased individuals to 110.

He said: “there are six bodies left in the morgues (three each in Isolo and Yaba mortuaries) that are yet to be identified.

“In summary, the victims of the building collapse comprise 60 males, and 56 females; among the male victims was a child allegedly aged six years.

“The distribution of the causes of death is as follows: 56 Multiple injuries, 19 Traumatic asphyxia, 19 Exsanguination, 12 Severe craniocerebral injury, nine Haemothorax following multiple rib fractures and one Congestive cardiac failure following hypertensive heart disease.

“The varying injuries seen on the victims are consistent with blunt force trauma that will normally be sustained from a collapsed building.’’

Testifying earlier at the proceedings, Oladele Ogundeji, the engineer who supervised the project, insisted that the collapse of the building was inconsistent with structural defect.

He said all the materials used for the construction were of the best quality, insisting that the foundation bases and columns were adequate to support the building.

Further hearing on the matter was fixed for March 25.




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  • Jesse

    What am I accusing ? I am writing you the facts, there is no accusing in that whatsoever. Don’t even try to go there, because facts are there to be in your face and when you deny the facts, you should stop going to school or read any news and stop informing yourself with books.

    Facts are for those that are not convinced by their own ignorance and deception. Living in their doll drums with their beliefs they have found something that actually is a surrogate of what real thing is.

    I refute all those stories they hang up in that Church because I know they are fabricated by those that want this to continue. Money is the driving force, because without it they are completely useless. Come out to the libraries, the markets, in the open fields, in the forests and deep jungles and proof your scam practices there without a team around you. Or in a place such as the Coroner court and demonstrate there your so called powers. You love the lie, you love the scams, you love the deception. Ignorance is bliss, foolishness is rife. TB Joshua is a liar. Facts are there. You don’t accept it. Your loss. Why is it so hard to wake up for you ? It did not take much time for me. You know it is a scam, you know it is fabricated, but because of money you want it to flourish. So you have a living out of it. Stealing from other people. Making up stories, falsifying the real things. I spend hardly any much time on it. I am busy all day long doing other things than doing so. I check here once and a while, takes only a few minutes. SCOAN is a thief. A provider from other peoples monies which they have thieved from. Thieves never change when they get the chance to thief. Thieves are rooted in evil. Thieves break in and destroy and lie. Thieves have no consciousness and are willfully out there to cause grief and live for themselves. Inside circles providers. Buying people’s love with money. Without that money they are no-one or anything. Thieves will continue to rob, steal and deceive. Thieves don’t work either. They work to be thief full time.They do it day and night without rest. Thieves have loads of names.

    burglar, cat burglar, cracksman, housebreaker, picklock, safecracker; embezzler, grafter, klepto, kleptomaniac; sneak thief; cutpurse, dip [slang], pickpocket, pilferer, shoplifter; abductor, carjacker, hijacker, kidnapper (also kidnaper), skyjacker; despoiler, looter, pillager, plunderer, ransacker, ravisher; poacher, rustler, smuggler; bandit, footpad, highwayman, pirate; mugger.

    Then we have liars:

    fabricator, fabulist, fibber, prevaricator, storyteller, exaggerator, mythomaniac; calumniator, defamer, libeler, libelist, perjurer; distorter, falsifier; equivocator, palterer; talebearer; charlatan, cheat, cheater, counterfeiter, cozener, deceiver, defrauder, dissembler, dissimulator, double-dealer, fraud, hustler, knave, mountebank, operator, pretender.

    Then we have scammer:

    bilk, bilker, cheat, cheater, chiseler (or chiseller), confidence man, cozener, defrauder, dodger, fakir, finagler, fraudster [chiefly British], hoaxer, scammer, scamster, shark, sharper, sharpie (or sharpy), skinner, swindler, tricker, double-crosser, double-dealer; bluffer, charlatan, fake, faker, humbug, impostor (or imposter), mountebank, phony (also phoney), pretender, quack, quacksalver, ringer, sham; adventurer, fox, gamesman, knave, prankster, rascal, rogue; fast-talker, slick, slicker, slickster, slyboots, smoothy (or smoothie), wheeler-dealer; plotter, schemer, sneak, sneaker.

    All that you see in SCOAN and Nigeria condones it day in day out they lie in wait to scam, lie, deceive doing 419. To get hands upon the filthy lucre so they can shine, to create their scam trickery in every way and form. The African lie must survive. Certain black man must be on top with lies, scams, deception and 419. They will be at it day and night, 24/7 and say they do it to the glory of God. Certainly CS Upthegrove was right about his lies that SCOAN had a wall of fire around the ministry. Then here you have TB Joshua telling that is was sabotage and they were after him. LIARS ! SCUM OF THE EARTH ! YOU HAVE NO SHAME ! YOU DON’T CARE HOW YOU ACHIEVE IT BUT AT THE COST OF BLOOD DRIPPING ON THE EARTH AND EXTENDING THE CURSE OVER THE LAND !