Lagos to prosecute TB Joshua church over deadly collapseFrom AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Lagos State Government said it would enforce the verdict of the Coroner’s inquest into the tragic collapse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations building last year.
State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, said this was in line with upholding the rule of law.
Ambode said that the state government would prosecute the Synagogue Church of All Nations for neglecting to obtain building approval before commencing the building.
This was contrary to the provisions of the Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2010.
The government will ensure the prosecution of the contractor, Engineer Akinbela Fatiregun of Hardrock Engineering Company Limited and Structural Engineer, Oladele Ogundeji, who constructed and supervised the collapsed building respectively.
Ambode added that the Coroner’s verdict earlier this month made a number of recommendations which the state government will act upon accordingly.
The Governor said one of the provisions of the Coroner Law 2007 is the provision that empowered a Coroner to commence an inquest to find out the cause and manner of death which occur in an unusual manner.
“His Excellency hereby reiterates his Government’s commitment to uphold and enforce the sanctity of the law in the state and calls on all Lagos residents to respect the rule of law,” Ambode said.
More than 100 worshipers died at the church owned by prominent pastor, TB Joshua last September.
– CAJ News
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