The coroner’s inquest investigating factors responsible for the collapse of a building within the premises of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Ikotun, Lagos in September 2014 has fixed July 8 to deliver judgment.
While the proceedings lasted, the church’s founder, Prophet Temitope Joshua, refused to appear in person and approached the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja to stop the coroner from pressing for his appearance. Although his appeal was overruled, he still did not appear before the inquest.
The coroner’s court, which presided over by Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe and sat for over eight months, was set up by the Lagos State Government in line with the Coroner Law of Lagos State to unravel the cause of the building collapse, identify the victims and how they died. It was. 116 people were killed many of whom were South Africans.
Moments after the building collapsed, the church had claimed it was as a result of some external factors, which it linked to a strange aircraft that hovered above the building shortly before it collapsed. Specifically the church released video clips posted on social media platforms and before the court to show that indeed the tragedy was never caused by them.