Synagogue: Coroner Dismisses TB Joshua’s Application

Reports reaching say the coroner probing the 12 September Synagogue building collapse, Magistrate O.A. Komolafe, has dismissed an application seeking a temporary suspension of the inquest.

Komolafe, while dismissing the application on Wednesday, described it as an abuse of court processes.

The Founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet Temitope Joshua, filed the application asking Komolafe to put on hold further inquisition into the cause of death of the victims of the collapsed building.

No fewer than 116 persons lost their lives while several others suffered varying degrees of injuries in the tragic incident.

Joshua’s application for stay of proceedings, dated 11 November, 2014, came on the heels of an application he had filed before a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja.

In the said application before Justice Lateefat Okunnu, Joshua asked for a judicial review of the coroner’s proceedings, which began on 13 October.

Among others, he had asked the court to determine whether the witness summons served on him to appear before the coroner to give testimony was not a violation of his fundamental right.

He further contested that the coroner had been extending his inquisitions into areas beyond his statutory purview.

According to Joshua’s lawyer, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, the duty of the coroner was limited to determining what killed the victims of the collapsed building and nothing more.

Ojo argued that it was beyond the scope of the coroner to delve into the questions of what was responsible for the collapse of the building itself.

Ojo added it was not the duty of the coroner to inquire into issues bordering on building approval, soil and/or material tests of the collapsed building.

He had therefore asked the coroner to suspend further inquisitions till when Justice Okunnu would rule on the issues raised.

Ruling on Joshua’s application for a stay of proceeding on Wednesday, Komolafe held that Joshua had no premise upon which to bring the application before him.

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