May 24, 2018

Synagogue trustees, engineers face manslaughter charges

Synagogue trustees, engineers face manslaughter charges

The long awaited arraignment of the trustees of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), the two engineers who constructed the collapsed six-storey guest house belonging to the church and their companies finally took place yesterday before an Ikeja High Court.

Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo ordered their arraignment after dismissing separate applications filed by the defendants through their counsel seeking to stay proceedings of the High Court pending their appeal at the Court of Appeal.

The judge also remanded the two engineers, Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun, in Kirikiri Maximum Prison.

The Lagos State Government had, late last year, slammed a 111-count criminal charge against the trustees of the church, the two engineers, and their companies – Hardrock Construction and Engineering Company and Jandy Trust Limited – for their involvement in the September 12, 2014 collapse of a six-storey guest house belonging to the church, which led to the death of 116 persons.  Read more

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