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TB Joshua, engineers must face manslaughter trial-Court insists

TB Joshua, engineers must face manslaughter trial-Court insists

Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo of the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja has insisted that the two engineers who worked on the collapsed building of TB Joshua’s Synagogue of All Nations must face trial after dismissing their application challenging the manner the charge sheet was served on them.

The Engineers, Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun had also described the charge filed against them by the Lagos State Government as an abuse of court processes, stating that Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos had on December 2, 2015 restrained the Attorney-General of Lagos from prosecuting them pending their appeal at the Court of Appeal. But Justice Lawal-Akapo dismissed their application for lack of merit and has fixed  Monday February 18, 2016 for their trial and the arraignment of the Registered Trustees of the Synagogue Church.

According to him”The order of Buba J cannot bind this court and cannot stop these proceedings, I find no merit in the two applications and they are hereby dismissed.

The Trustees were all charged for building without  the approval of the Lagos State Government while the engineers are also going to be arraigned on a 110 count charge that included involuntary manslaughter. The engineers and the Trustees had on July 8, 2015 been implicated over the collapse of the sic story by a Lagos State Coroner Court, Presided by Mr. Oyetade Komolafe. Komolafe had linked the collapse of the building to structural failure and not sabotaged as alleged by the church and the engineers. He recommended that they be investigated and prosecuted. The Lagos State Government is trying them based on a police report after the September 12, 2014 incident that led to the death of 116 people.

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