Synagogue Trial Starts On Shaky Note

Akinwale Akintunde

The trial of the trustees of the Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN) and the two engineers involved in the construction of the collapsed six-storey guest house that left over 116 dead, started on a shaky note monday as a prosecution witness scheduled to testify in the matter was disallowed by the court.

The SCOAN trustees, two engineers – Messrs Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun and their companies, Hardrock Construction and Engineering Company and Jandy Trust Limited – were last month arraigned on a 111-count charge for their involvement in the September 12, 2014 collapse of a six-storey guest house belonging to the church, which led to the death of 116 persons.

The 111-count charge preferred against the defendants by the Lagos State Government borders on criminal negligence, manslaughter and failure to obtain a building permit.