Court Admits Recording of Synagogue Building Collapse As Evidence

Akinwale Akintunde

The footage of the collapsed six-storey guesthouse owned by Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) was played in the courtroom yesterday at the resumed trial of the Trustees of SCOAN and the two engineers involved in the construction of the collapsed guesthouse.

The video clip, which admissibility was seriously opposed by the defence team on Monday, was played after Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo in a ruling ordered that the footage be admitted as evidence.

The SCOAN Trustees, the two engineers, Messrs Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun and their companies, Hardrock Construction and Engineering Company and Jandy Trust Limited were arraigned by the Lagos State Government on 111-count charge for their involvement in the collapsed building, which led to the death of 116 persons, mostly South Africans on September 12, 2014.