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Collapsed Synagogue Building Has No Approval, Says Lagos State Govt

By Ayo Balogun, Lagos

The Lagos State Government has declared that the collapsed guest house, of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) lacks government approval.

State Commissioner for Physical Development and Urban Planning, Toyin Ayinde Adedamola, made the declaration while testifying before the Coroners Court sitting in Ikeja the state capital.

TB Joshua

TB Joshua

Presided over by the Chief Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, Adedamola indicated that when he first arrived the scene of the collapse, he and his team found it difficult to gain access into the expansive complex in Ikotun, a Lagos suburb.

He added that the timely intervention of the police on duty eventually allowed his entrance.

While being cross examined, the Commissioner held that lack of approval documents of a building did not invalidate its authentic test, indicating further that there was no scientific proof that a building without plan could stand or fall.

Adedamola also revealed to the Coroner that the debris of the collapsed structure remained were still at the site, as the last time he visited the scene.

It would be recalled the six-story building went down midday of Friday, September 12, 2014. About 120 people were killed in the disaster, mostly South African worshipers.

The General Overseer of the Church, Pastor T.B. Joshua has alleged that terrorists were responsible for the incident.

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