by Ranti Joseph
The Lagos State Coroner, Chief Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, on Tuesday said the inquest into the September 12, 2014 building collapse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations would be concluded in March.
He stated this at the resumption of the inquest at the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja.
The inquest was set up by the state government to unravel the cause of the building collapse at the church premises in Ikotun, a suburb of Lagos. About 115 persons, mostly South Africans, died in the incident.
Komolafe told the parties that the inquest could not go on as scheduled because the court was in possession of a letter from Synagogue’s counsel, Olalekan Ojo, asking for an adjournment.
Ojo in the letter claimed that he was appearing in another case at the Federal High Court and had appealed to the inquest to vacate the Tuesday and Wednesday sittings.
“This court cannot continue indefinitely. I just want to say that I am not going to sit for more than two weeks. Anybody that will not come during that period, we will skip his or her testimony and move ahead,” Komolafe said.
He therefore adjourned the matter till February 26 for cross-examination of the church Chief Security Officer, Sunday Okojie.