A coroner inquest, instituted by the Lagos State government to investigate the collapse of a guest house owned by Synagogue Church, has indicted the church for negligence, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The guest house had collapsed in September 2014, killing 116 people, many of them South Africans, who traveled to Nigeria for the church’s service in Lagos.
The inquiry sat for months and set Wednesday, July 8, for its ruling.
In his judgement Wednesday, the judge ordered the prosecution of the contractors who constructed the collapsed building, NAN reported.
The court ruled that the contractor should be tried for criminal negligence.
The court further recommended that the Synagogue Church should be investigated and tried for not obtaining necessary permit before constructing the building.
Pastor T.B. Joshua had resisted all attempts to get him to appear before the Coroner.