Synagogue Collapsed Building: Coroner to give ruling July 8

The coroner inquest, headed by magistrate, Oyetade Komolafe, on the collapsed six-storey building at the Synagogue Church of All Nation in which over 100 people died, has been fixed for July 8 for judgment on the incident.

Mr. Komolafe fixed the date on Monday after parties in the inquest made their final submissions. The inquest was set up by the Lagos State Government to ascertain the cause of the building collapse and identify the victims.

Appearing before the coroner on Tuesday morning, Olalekan Ojo, counsel to SCOAN, maintained that following the various tests done by the state government agents on the foundation and materials of the collapsed building, external forces remained a responsible cause of the building collapse.

He referred to the testimony of Biedomo Iguniewe, graduate of Chemistry from the University of Maiduguri, who suggested that the building may have collapsed due to infrasonic radiation.

Mr. Ojo said Mr. Biedomo’s evidence was never contradicted.

A video released by the church showed a plane allegedly hovering around the building four times before its collapse.

Mr. Ojo also dismissed the idea that the non-existence of a building plan for the collapsed building was responsible for its collapse. He insisted it was built according to standards and urged the Lagos State Government to regularise the building construction and approval applications shown to be pending with the relevant state agencies.

The Building Collapse Prevention Guide had noted that it could not establish any foundational failures in the collapsed building but insisted that the collapse may have been caused by structural failure.

The senior pastor of the church, T. B. Joshua, had refused to appear before the inquest, insisting that he was not under any obligation to testify before the coroner. Although an appeal he filed before a Lagos High Court was overruled, he still did not appear before the inquest.

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