Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday said that his administration would prosecute the contractor and engineer who constructed and supervised a collapsed Synagogue Church storey building for professional negligence, as well as the church, for not obtaining approval before its construction.
Ambode, who stated this in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Habib Aruna, said the state government would uphold and enforce the sanctity of the law in the state by enforcing the verdict of the Coroner’s inquest on the Sept.12, 2014 Synagogue building collapse in which many people died.
The Governor said: “I hereby reiterate my commitment to uphold and enforce the sanctity of the rule of law in the state, and call on all Lagos residents to respect the rule of law.
“The coroner’s verdict of July 7, 2015 made a number of recommendations which the state government will act upon accordingly.
“The state government will cause the prosecution of the contractor and engineer who constructed and supervised the collapsed building, respectively, for professional negligence.
“The state government will also prosecute the church for neglecting to obtain building approval before commencing the construction, contrary to the provisions of the Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2010.’’
Ambode said that one of the provisions of the Coroner Law 2007 was the provision that empowered a coroner to commence an inquest to find out the cause and manner of death which occurred in an unusual manner.
According to him, following the church building’s collapse, the state government applied that a coroner’s inquest be commenced into the cause of the tragic deaths.
The Governor, therefore, appealed to residents to always allow emergency responders perform their duties of emergency as they were trained for this purpose and enjoined land owners to employ the services of qualified and competent engineers, who must obtain building permit before construction.