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Lagos State High Court, Igbosere declared on Thursday that the Registered Trustees of the Synagogue Church of All Nations and the two engineers involved in the construction of the collapsed six-storey building owned by church have a case to answer in the charge preferred against them.
The court made the declaration while ruling on a No Case Submission application filed by the defendants.
The state government had charged the church’s Board of Trustees to court over the collapse of the building, which killed no fewer than 116 persons on September 12, 2014.
Charged alongside the church’s Board of Trustees are the engineers who were are involved in the construction of the collapsed building.
The engineers – Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun – were charged alongside their companies, Hardrock Construction and Engineering Company and Jandy Trust Ltd.
They are facing 110 counts of involuntary manslaughter, while the registered trustees of SCOAN were charged with one count of building without approval.
The Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions stated that the defendants violated Section 75 of the Urban and Regional Planning Law of Lagos State 2010 as well as Section 222 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.