Synagogue Building Collapse: Court To Rule On February 8

The Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja has fixed February 8 to rule on the applicationsfiled by the two engineers indicted in the collapse of the six-storey building belonging to the Synagogue Church Of All Nations.

The collapsed building which came down in the Ikotun area of Lagos State in September 2014 led to the death of 116 persons, mostly nationals of South Africa.

In the application, the engineers, Oladele Ogundele and Akinbola Fatiregun, who have been charged on 110 counts of involuntary manslaughter, are challenging the validity of the service of the charges on them.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo, had on December 11, 2015, granted an application by the prosecution to serve the engineers through substitutedmeans by pasting the court processes on the front doors of their residential houses in the Alagbado and Ikeja areas of Lagos.

This was done to compel the engineers to come before the court to face the charges against them.

Through their lawyers, however, the two defendants are contending that the order to serve them by substituted means was wrongfully granted by Justice Lawal-Akapo.


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