A Chief Magistrate in Lagos, Oyetade Komolafe, yesterday, fixed July 8, for judgment on the inquest into the collapse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations’ guest house, which collapsed and killed about 116 people on September 12, 2014.
Chief magistrate Komolafe fixed the date after parties in the inquest made their final submissions.
The inquest was set up by the Lagos State Government to ascertain the cause of the building collapse, identify the victims and how they died.
Though, the church’s Senior Pastor/General Overseer, Prophet Temitope B. Joshua, had initially linked the tragedy to a strange aircraft wandering above the building shortly before it fell.
During the 8 months sitting of the inquest, several witnesses adduced reasons why the 6 storey building which served as a guest house for foreign worshippers collapsed.
The church founder/General Overseer, Prophet Temitope B. Joshua personally refused to appear before the inquest insisting that he was not under any obligation to testify before the coroner.
Although an appeal he filed before a Lagos High Court was overruled, still failed to appear before the inquest.
Making his final address on Tuesday, counsel to SCOAN, Olalekan Ojo insisted that external forces remain a responsible cause of the building collapse.
Ojo referred to the testimony of a 37-year-old graduate of Chemistry from the University of Maiduguri, Mr. Biedomo Iguniewe, who had suggested that the building may have collapsed due to infrasonic radiation, Ojo said Biedomo’s evidence was never contradicted.
Also, the Building Collapse Prevention Guide, BCPG noted and stated that the guide was unable to establish any foundational failures in the collapsed building. The guide however insisted that the collapse may have been caused by structural failure.
In its submission, the Lagos State Government insisted that the inquest must be guided by section 40 of the coroners law which bestows on it the role to find out who the deceased are, when and how they died.
The Lagos state government noted that since the issue of who the deceased are and when they died had been resolved by the pathological report prepared by the state’s Chief Medical Director, Prof John Obafunwa, the inquest must only concern itself with how they died.

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