Metro Synagogue Building Collapse: Court Sends Two Engineers to Kirikiri


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An Ikeja High Court today ruled the the two engineers, who constructed the collapsed seven-storey guest house of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) be remanded at Kirikiri Maximum Prisons, Lagos.

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Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo said:“The defendants are remanded in Kirikiri Maximum Prisons pending the determination of the charge.’’

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the engineers – Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun – had pleaded not guilty to a 111-count charge bordering on gross negligence and criminal manslaughter.

The prosecution led by Mrs Idowu Alakija, the Director, Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), said the defendants constructed a seven-storey building at the church in Ikotun-Egbe in Ikotun area of Lagos with disregard for human lives.

NAN also reports that the collapsed guest house had on Sept. 12, 2014, led to the death of 116 persons, 85 of who were South Africans.

The case was adjourned to April 26 for hearing of the defendants’ bail applications.
 
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