Collapsed Synagogue Building: TB Joshua, Engineers Must Be Prosecuted- Ambode

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The Lagos State Governor,
Akinwunmi Ambode, says he will enforce the verdict of the coroner’s inquest on
the September 12, 2014 Synagogue Church building collapse.
The governor in a statement by his
Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, on Thursday, said his government would
uphold and enforce the sanctity of the law in the state, urging residents of
the state to also respect the rule of law.
Ambode said, “The coroner’s
verdict of July 7, 2015, made a number of recommendations which the state
government would act upon accordingly.

“One of the provisions of the
Coroner Law, 2007, is the provision that empowers a coroner to commence an
inquest to find out the cause and manner of death which occur in an unusual
manner.”
The governor added that consequent
upon the collapse building on the premises of the Synagogue Church of All
Nations, the state government applied that a coroner’s inquest be commenced
into the cause of the tragic deaths.
He said, “Therefore, the Lagos
State Government will cause the prosecution of the contractor, Akinbela
Fatiregun of Hardrock Engineering Company Limited; and the Structural Engineer,
Oladele Ogundeji, who constructed and supervised the collapsed building,
respectively, at the Synagogue Church of All Nations for professional
negligence.”
The governor added that the
government would also prosecute SCOAN for neglecting to obtain building
approval before commencing the construction of the building, contrary to the
provisions of the Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law, 2010.
He appealed to residents of the
state to always allow emergency responders to perform their duties during
emergencies as they were trained for the purpose.

“Also, land owners within the
state, who intend to embark on construction, should employ the services of
qualified engineers who must obtain building permit before construction,” the
governor added.

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