Finally, Court allows video footage of Synagogue Church collapse


A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja on Tuesday admitted in evidence the video footage of how the Synagogue Church of All Nations guest house collapsed two years ago in Lagos.

The court ‎presided by Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo in a ruling admitted the compact disc containing the video footage of the incident after it was played in court on Tuesday.

The Lagos State government had arraigned the trustees of the church, the two engineers – Messrs Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun and their companies – Hardrock Construction and Engineering Company and Jandy Trust Limited in court over the September 12, 2014 building collapse that killed 116 persons.

The defendants are facing 111- count charge bordering on criminal negligence, manslaughter and failure to obtain building permit

At the resumed hearing of the matter, the defence led by Chief Efe Akpofure (SAN) objected to the footage being admitted as evidence because it was computer generated, irrelevant and a copy of the original.

Akpofure also pointed out that a witness for the state, Mr. Olutoyin Ayinde, a former Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, in his evidence had said he could not identify the content of the CD until he watches it to ascertain the content.’

But Justice Lawal-Akapo dismissed the objection of the defence due to lack of merit.


SOURCE: The Nation


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