Another delay in Nigerian church collapse case

02 June 2016 - 10:44 By TMG Digital


Two of the engineers involved in the construction of the collapsed Synagogue Church of All Nations which claimed 116 lives and caused a furore around pastor TB Joshua will go on trial on June 3. Two of the engineers involved in the construction of the collapsed Synagogue Church of All Nations which claimed 116 lives and caused a furore around pastor TB Joshua will go on trial on June 3.Trial over TB Joshua church that killed 85 South Africans off to shaky startTwo engineers involved in the construction of the collapsed Synagogue Church of All Nations‚ which claimed 116 lives‚ will face involuntary manslaughter charges on June 1. The trial into the collapse of the six-storey guesthouse‚ which claimed the lives of 85 South Africans on a pilgrimage‚ stalled again on Wednesday.Charges of criminal negligence‚ manslaughter and failure to obtain a building permit are being faced by Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun – the engineers who built the building - their companies and the trustees of the church which collapsed on September 12‚ 2014. They are being prosecuted by the Lagos State Government in Nigeria. TB Joshua fails to appear at trial for criminal negligence that killed 81 South AfricansNigerian preacher TB Joshua and two contractors facing trial for criminal negligence over a church building collapse that killed 116 worshippers failed to appear in court on Monday, prompting the judge to adjourn the case.The defence team previously objected to evidence being led by the prosecution’s first witness‚ because they did not have a copy of the witness statement.The court heard on Wednesday that the evidence had been given to the defence‚ but they needed more time to study it‚ according to This Day newspaper.Joshua refused to give evidence at an earlier coroner’s inquest‚ despite multiple court summonses. He claimed the collapse was caused by an aircraft above the building. But a coroner attributed the tragedy to the unauthorised addition of extra floors to the building. - TMG Digital

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