Lagos - A Lagos-based lawyer, Mr Olukoya
Ogungbeje, on Tuesday filed a suit in a Federal High Court, Lagos, seeking an
order to stop further inquest into the collapsed Synagogue Church building.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on Sept. 12, a
six-storey building within the premises of Synagogue Church of All Nations
collapsed in Lagos.
The incident led to the death of over 100 people, most
of whom were foreigners.
The Lagos State Government on Sept. 26, constituted a
Coroner's Court to unravel the circumstances leading to the incident.
A magistrate, Mr Oyetade Komolafe, was appointed
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The coroner has already visited the scene of the incident
and summoned the General Overseer of the Church, Prophet T.B Joshua, to appear
before him on Nov. 5.
Meanwhile, Ogungbeje, in the suit, is seeking an order
stopping further inquest into the matter.
The defendants in the suit are Lagos State Government,
Attorney- General of Lagos State, Mr Ade Ipaye, and Komolafe.
The lawyer said the composition of the Coroner's Court was a
negation of the principle of natural justice and Section 36 of the Constitution,
and as such, unconstitutional and void.
He averred that the inquest was constituted by the Lagos
State Government after the agencies of the state government had indicted the
church of erecting additional structures on an already existing building without
Ogungbeje argued that if allowed to continue, the
proceedings of the Coroner would occasion a miscarriage of justice, as
the same Coroner would base its decision on the testimonies of the same
agencies of Lagos State.
The lawyer alleged that the Lagos State Emergency Agency
(LASEMA), the Lagos State Building Control Agency and the Lagos State Fire
Service, had made prejudicial reports that the building collapsed due to
He averred that the contention of the church that the
building collapsed as a result of an aircraft hovering round the building
moments before it collapsed was ignored.
Ogungbeje averred that the Lagos State Building Control
Agency went ahead to seal up the main building of the church.
The lawyer is therefore, seeking an order nullifying the
composition of the Coroner and the proceedings so far, as well as an order of
perpetual injunction, restraining the defendants jointly and severally from
He wants every sitting, investigation, fact finding or any
action in any manner whatsoever on any facts connected to the case, to be put
on hold until the suit was determined.
The suit which was filed on Tuesday has yet to be assigned.