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‘Collapsed Synagogue Building Was in Perfect Condition’

Nigerian pastor TB Joshua speaks during a New Year's memorial service for the South African relatives of those killed in a building collapse at his Lagos megachurch on December 31, 2014. A spokesman at Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) said 44 South Africans have flown to Lagos to attend the ceremony following the September disaster which killed 116 people, including 81 South Africans. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

The collapsed Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) building was in “perfect condition” before it came down on September 12, 2014, a Lagos High Court heard on Thursday.

An architect, Dayo Fabiyi, told Justice Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo that the building had no crack nor any defection on its beams before the incident.

Fabiyi, who described himself as a volunteer in the church’s maintenance department, said he was part of the team that investigated the beams after the crash.

He testified as the seventh defence witness in the ongoing trial of two engineers and their firms for the incident in which 116 persons died.

The defendants are Oladele Ogundeji, Akinbela Fatiregun, Hardrock Construction and Engineering Company and Jandy Trust Ltd.

They are facing a 110-count charge of involuntary manslaughter said to contravene Section 222 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The fifth defendant, the Registered Trustees of SCOAN is facing a count of building without approval.

The Lagos State Government said the trustees violated Section 75 of the Urban and Regional Planning Law of Lagos State, 2010.

Led in evidence by a defence counsel, Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN), Fabiyi explained that he worked as a volunteer in SCOAN’s maintenance department, “I go round the facilities to check if there are any sort of cracks or deflections on the beams and I did such routine inspection on the collapsed building last on September 14, 2014.

“There was no sign of deflections or any stress on the collapsed building before it collapsed,” Fabiyi said.

Under cross-examination by the prosecutor, Dr. Jide Martins, the witness said he was not involved in the investigation of the beams of the collapsed building.

He, however, added that cracks and deflections were “always visible to the eyes.”

Following a question by Martins, the witness said he did not use any mechanical device to check for deflections during his maintenance works.

During “re-examination” by Ojo, Fabiyi said it was not only civil engineers that could detect cracks in a building.

Mechanical devices, he noted, were only used to investigate deflections after a building had collapsed not before.

“A deflective building must have shown signs that the building is under stress, the collapsed building did not show any sign of stress before it collapsed,” Fabiyi insisted.

Earlier, the fifth defence witness, Mr Ebenezer Ologuntoye, an engineer, said apart from foundational failure, other factors could be responsible for a building collapse.

Ologuntoye under cross-examination by the prosecutor said from his investigation “the building did not collapse due to foundational failure”.

The witness said: “As a civil engineer, apart from foundational failure, other factors can be responsible for the collapse of a building”.

Following a question by Dr Martins, Ologuntoye said he was never contracted by the church to do geotechnical work on the building before its collapse.

Justice Lawal-Akapo adjourned till June 28.



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