Nigeria building collapse trial suffers another setback

Two engineers alongside their companies were accused on 110 counts of involuntary manslaughter.

FILE: Rescue workers clear away mattresses used by occupants of the collapsed guesthouse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) at Ikotun in Lagos on 17 September, 2014. Picture: AFP.

ABUJA - The scheduled trial of the Engineers who built the collapsed Synagogue Church of All Nations' six-story building, has suffered yet another setback.

Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun are being prosecuted by the Lagos State Government over the death of 116 people, eighty-six of them South Africans, who were killed at the Prophet TB Joshua's church on 12 September 2014 when the building collapsed.

The two engineers alongside their companies were called to appear on 110 counts of involuntary manslaughter.

When the case came up for hearing on Thursday, trial could not proceed in the matter because the trial judge, Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo of a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja, did not sit.

All the accused persons have pleaded not guilty and were granted bail on March the third.

The matter has now been slated for hearing for 23 May.