Synagogue Building Collapse: Court To Rule On February 8

SynagogueThe Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja has fixed February 8 to rule on the applications filed 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 substituted means 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.

Disabled Student Qualifies As Medical Doctor

A graduate of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Pelumi Adeniyi says his ability to acquire a degree as a medical doctor, despite his physical disability, means anything is possible.

Mr. Adeniyi, in an interview with Channels Television reveals that he was diagnosed of a rare genetic condition known as muscular dystrophy at age 13.

Muscular Dystrophy is a group of genetic disorders that results in muscle weakness and decrease in muscle mass, overtime.

Mr. Adeniyi also discloses that he is a budding athlete and that prior to his disability, he had engaged in and excelled at different sports including running and jumping.

About his days in the higher institution, Mr. Adeniyi says that he was forced to live off-campus as the accommodations obtainable in the school are not designed for persons with physical challenges.

“I’d have to wake up 4 0’clock in the morning, just to get here from where I live at Alagbado,” he explains.

His mother, Mrs Theresa Odeniyi, credits her son’s success to determination although she admits it is a challenging feat.

Mr. Adeniyi says he plans to become a psychiatrist.