The Lagos State Government has announced that it will arraign the trustees of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations and the two engineers who built the church’s collapsed six-storey guest house that killed 116 persons last year.
This was made known in a statement from the Lagos State Ministry of Justice on Sunday, which said that the trustees and the engineers would be arraigned before Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo of a Lagos State High Court.
It noted that the founder of SCOAN, Prophet T.B. Joshua is one of the church’s trustees.
The SCOAN and the two structural engineers, Messrs Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun, had on July 8, 2015 been indicted by a Lagos State coroner, Mr. Oyetade Komolafe, who conducted an inquest into the death of the victims of the September 12, 2014 accident.
Komolafe had identified structural defect as the cause of the building collapse, as opposed to the church’s claim that the building was sabotaged.
The coroner had subsequently recommended that the engineers should be prosecuted for criminal negligence while the church should be investigated and prosecuted for building without possessing necessary permit.