The ongoing coroner inquest into the Synagogue building collapse in Lagos is expected to deliver its final verdict at the Coroner court, Ikeja today.
After parties in the quest had adopted their final written addresses, the coroner court, presided over by Chief Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe had fixed July to give judgement on the matter.
Following the building collapse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations on September 12, 2014, resulting in the death 166 persons, the Lagos State Government had inaugurated the Coroner’s Inquest under the state Coroner’s System Law No.7 of 2007 to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
General Overseer of the church, Temitope Joshua had challenged the jurisdiction of the court, filing an application before the High Court, seeking a judicial review of the Coroner’s Inquest into the September 12, 2014 collapse.
He had asked the court to declare that the coroner had exceeded its court jurisdiction by delving into areas beyond its scope.
Justice Lateefa Okunnu had dismissed Joshua’s application, but his counsel filed an appeal to challenge the high court’s ruling.
In his final address, counsel to SCOAN, Mr. Olalekan Ojo insisted that the church cannot be blamed for the collapse.
Lagos State Government in its submission urged the inquest to 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.
Other parties who also submitted and adopted their final written addresses include the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG), the Nigeria Police and Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON).