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Synagogue Building Collapse: Engineers Get N10m Bail Each

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[caption id="attachment_7944" align="alignnone" width="690"]STOCK PHOTO: Synagogue Collapsed Building Site[/caption]

A Lagos State High Court on Tuesday granted bail to two engineers involved in the construction of the collapsed Synagogue Church of All Nations’ guest house.

The trial Judge, Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo ruling on the bail applications initiated by their lawyers granted the two persons Engineer Faterigun Akinbela and Ogundeji along with their respective companies HardRock Construction Company Ltd and Jayden Trust services bail to the tune of 10 million naira each with two sureties in like sum.

The Judge however, said that one of the sureties must be a civil servant at grade level 14 in the Lagos State civil service, adding that the second surety must provide evidence of tax payment for three years and must also swear to an affidavit of means.

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The Judge in his ruling also ordered the contractors to submit their travel documents to the Chief Registrar of the Lagos High Court.

The defendants had pleaded not guilty to the 111-count charge of gross negligence and criminal manslaughter brought against them by the state.

The Lagos State Government had late last year slammed criminal charges against the trustees of the church, the two engineers, and their companies for their involvement in the September 12, 2014 collapse of a six-storey guest house belonging to the church, which led to the death of 116 persons.

They were ordered by the court to be remanded in Kirikiri Maximum Prison, while the court fixed May 3 for the ruling on their bail applications.

The case has been adjourned till May 19, 2016 for further hearing and continuation of trial.

Meanwhile, Trustees of the Synagogue Church of all Nation, SCOAN are still standing trial for manslaughter and criminal negligence.