SCOAN Coroners Inquest: BCPG Begins Investigation

SCOAN-Collapse-2The Coroners Inquest into the collapse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) has continued at the site of the collapsed building on Monday, with the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG), continuing investigation into the cause of the collapse.

A Coroner had been set up by the Lagos State Government to investigate the cause of the collapse and this led to the Building Collapse Prevention Guild’s need to carry out further investigation on the foundation of the structure.

The President of the BCPG, while affirming the need for the visitation to the site of the collapsed building, said that the investigation would take few days.

Channels Television also paid a visit to the site to witness how the BCPG carried out some of its operations.

With the help of a machine, the investigation covers the soil strength and the quality of foundation made by the builders.

A representative of the church told our correspondent that they were confident, noting that the fact would speak for itself.


SCOAN Files Appeal Against Its Prohibition Suit By Lagos High Court

SynagogueThe Registered Trustees of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), alongside its founder, Prophet Temitope Joshua, has informed the Lagos State Coroners Court sitting in Ikeja that it has filed a Notice of Appeal at the Lagos division of the Court of Appeal, against the judgment of Justice Lateefa Okunnu of a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja.

The revelation came through counsel to SCOAN, Seun Abimbola, while reacting to a request that the counsel should pick a date that the prophet would appear before the Chief Magistrate, Oyetade Komolafe.

Justice Okunnu had thrown out an application instituted by SCOAN, alongside its founder, which had prayed the court to stop the ongoing Coroner’s inquest into the collapsed guest house belonging to the church.

The judge’s reason for the dismissal was that the said application was premature and lacks merit.

Justice Okunnu declared that although the Coroner’s court cannot be sued, Chief Magistrate Komolafe, himself could be sued in his capacity as a Coroner.

The Judge stated further that the court needed to resolve the issue as to whether the Coroner has acted contrary to the rules of natural justice by not granting the applicants a fair hearing, and whether he has exceeded the scope of a coroner’s court.

Justice Okunnu explained that Sections 26 and 27 of the Coroner’s System Law of Lagos State 2007, empower the coroner to summon any witness to assist him in his fact-finding mission, adding that there was nothing unusual in the summons extended to Prophet Joshua.

Fashola Says Synagogue Church Collapse Was Unfortunate

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Sunday visited the site of the collapsed building at the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Ikotun Egbe, expressing sadness at the loss of life.

He further described the incident as very unfortunate, as findings showed the building may not have approved plan.

While commiserating with the General Overseer of the Church, Prophet Temitope Joshua, who came to meet him at the site of the collapsed structure, Governor Fashola, however, directed that the staff of the Church should give way for the rescue workers to be able to carry out the job of evacuating the debris and rescuing possible victims still trapped under the collapsed building.

The Governor, who was received at the site by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Town Planner Olutoyin Ayinde, told Prophet Joshua that the presence of the church members was hampering rescue operations.

“What you need to understand now is that this place is now an accident scene and so all your staff must leave this place. We need to take control of this place and let people who are trained to do this job to do so.Fashola_At_Synagogue_Church_of_All_Nation1

“We understand that this is an unfortunate incident, we understand their sense of sympathy and compassion. But let them allow those who are trained to do the job take over and do the job; that is their training and it won’t make sense if they are getting in each other’s way,” he said.

The Governor further explained that after the emergency workers had finished their work, it would be easier for any staff of the Church, whether an engineer or a medical personnel, whom the General Overseer wishes to be on the site with the emergency workers for the purpose of taking records, to join them.

“When we finish, if you have any person, whether an engineer or a medical person you wants to be on the site with them, working with them to know what they are taking there, then it is easier; they can report to you and then report to me. But we can’t continue rescue operations with your men hanging around here,” Governor Fashola told Prophet Joshua.

Also at the site to receive the Governor were the Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Wale Ahmed and the General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency, (LABSCA), Mrs Kafayat Animashaun-Odunayo among other top government officials.