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The Lagos State Government announced on Friday Oct. 3rd that the coroner it inaugurated to probe the circumstances surrounding the 6-storey Synagogue building which collapsed on September 12th and claimed more than 115 lives will commence sitting on October 13th.
According to Punch, the Lagos State Ministry of Justice said in a statement that the coroner’s hearing will take place at the Coroner Court on the premises of the Ikeja Lagos State High Court.
The coroner is to be headed by Magistrate O.A. Komolafe, and the witness list are: The Lagos State Building Control Agency, the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, the Lagos State Ministry of Works, the Surveyor-General of the state, the SCOAN building contractors, the Standard Organisation of Nigeria and the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism.
Also to testify are the National Emergency Management Agency, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, the Nigerian Red Cross Society, the Lagos State Fire Service and the Lagos State Transport Management Authority.
Others are the Nigerian Police Force, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Chief Medical Director of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, the Chief Medical Examiner of the state and officials of the Emergency Centre of the Igando General Hospital, Lagos State.
Various print and electronic media houses such as The PUNCH, The Nation, Daily Independent, The Vanguard, P.M. News, the News Agency of Nigeria, Channels Television and Television Continental are also expected to testify before the coroner of inquest.
The General Overseer and founder of SCOAN, Pastor T. B. Joshua, families of the victims, an eyewitness, Lindiw Ndwande and the chairman of the Youth League’s International Relation Committee of South Africa, Mr. Rebone Tau, have also been listed as witnesses.