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Lagos H-Court Arraigns T.B Joshua Today

TB-Joshua-SCOANPastor Tomitope Babatunde Joshua of Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, will today be arraigned before a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja over the collapse of a six-storey building in the church on September 12, 2014 that killed over 100 persons.
T.B Joshua, the church board of trustees and the engineers that constructed the collapsed building will appear before Justice Lawal Akapo.
The arraignment was confirmed in a statement by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Bola Akingbade.
The engineers, Mr. Oladele Ogundeji and Mr. Akinbela Fatiregun had filed two separate suits before Justice Buba seeking an order restraining the police from inviting, arresting or prosecuting them over the victims’ death, which was dismissed by Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court
The Lagos State Government had set up a Coroner Inquest to unravel what went wrong, and via a verdict delivered on August 7, 2015 by Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, the Coroner had indicted the engineers and recommended them for investigation and prosecution for criminal negligence.
The engineers had filed the suits following the Coroner’s verdict, which attributed the building collapse to structural defect.
The engineers had specifically rejected the Coroner’s verdict, describing it as “unreasonable, one-sided and biased.”
But Justice Buba, in his ruling on the defendants’ preliminary objection, held that the engineers “had not made out a case of infringement on their fundamental rights even on the merit of the application,” and dismissed their applications.

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