Synagogue Collapse Inquest: Building expert faults agency’s report

Synagogue Building collapse

A witness who testified at the ongoing coroner inquest into the collapsed six-storey guest house belonging to Synagogue Church of All Nations, Joseph Folayan, on Wednesday dismissed the report of Lagos State Material Testing Agency which claimed the guest house collapsed due to defects in its foundation.

The agency had said in its Structural Integrity Test that the six-storey building collapsed as a result of a defective foundation.

Mr. Folayan, a geo-technical engineer, told the coroner headed by Magistrate Komolafe Oyetade that the soil under the foundation of the collapsed building did not fail.

He described the report as assumptions, and based his assertion on his 45 years experience as a geo-technical engineer.

“As a practising geo-technical engineer with over 45 years experience, it is my view that the soil under those foundation did not fail. The pad used in the construction did not constitute a failure”.

“Engineers in the country should sit up so as to forestall any further occurrence of building collapse. There is need to sanitise the engineering profession because it has been infiltrated,” he told the coroner.

The coroner admitted more exhibits at the session.

Documents, including the approval plan for the main auditorium of the church as well as a general survey of the entire complex, were tendered by the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Olutoye Ayinde.

SCOAN’s council, Olamilekan Ojo, however, objected to the documents admission arguing that they were not of the collapsed building thus irrelevant to the inquest.

According to him, SCOAN’s position has always been that it was processing a permit for the building when the unfortunate incident occurred.

The coroner, however, maintained that the documents should be admitted as Exhibits 035 to 040.

The matter was adjourned till April 8 for further hearing.

The inquest was set up by the Lagos State Government to investigate the September 12, 2014 collapsed building which killed 116 people and left scores injured.


DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: Revealed!!! The Only Way Left of Getting an Extra Large Manhood and also Last Up to 38Mins+. Get the Insider Secret Here


All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.


  • Jesse

    TB JOSHUA NEVER LISTENED OR SAT DOWN WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, HE SINNED BY CONTINUING TO ALLOW THIS BUILDING TO BE BUILT AGAINST GOD’S WARNINGS THAT IS WOULD COST MANY LIVES AND CAUSED MANY GRIEVES !

    Jeremiah 23:21 I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.

    Jeremiah 14:14 Then the LORD said to me, “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds.

    Jeremiah 27:15 I have not sent them,’ declares the LORD. ‘They are prophesying lies in my name. Therefore, I will banish you and you will perish, both you and the prophets who prophesy to you.’

    Jeremiah 29:8 Yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have.

    Jeremiah 23:20 “The anger of the LORD will not turn back Until He has performed and carried out the purposes of His heart; In the last days you will clearly understand it. 21″ I did not send these prophets, But they ran. I did not speak to them, But they prophesied. 22” But if they had stood in My council, Then they would have announced My words to My people, And would have turned them back from their evil way And from the evil of their deeds.…

    No one has turned from their evil deeds because their prophets do evil deeds themselves.