Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Synagogue engineers granted N10 million bail by court

The two engineers who built the collapsed Synagogue Church Of All Nations’ (SCOAN) six-storey building were on Tuesday, May 3, granted N10m bail by a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja.

According to The Punch, the engineers, Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun alongside their companies, Hardrock Construction and Engineering Company and Jandy Trust Limited are being tried on 110 charges of involuntary manslaughter.

The Registered Trustees of SCOAN, who were charged with the offence of building without the approval of the state are also standing trial along with them. 

The defendants were arraigned on April 19, 2016 by the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions before Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo. 

They had pleaded not guilty, following which the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions, Mrs. Idowu Alakija, urged the judge to remand Ogundeji and Fatiregun in prison custody pending trial. 

However, counsel for Ogundeji and Fatiregun, Mrs. Titilola Akinlawon (SAN) and Mr. Olalekan Ojo respectively, subsequently filed applications urging the court to admit their clients to bail in liberal terms. 

Ruling on the bail applications, Justice Lawal-Akapo, admitted Ogundeji and Fatiregun to bail in the sum of N10m each with two sureties in like sum. 

He also ordered the accused person to deposit their passport with the chief registrar pending the conclusion of trial. 

The case was adjourned till May 19, 2016 when the state is expected to open its case.

Source- Punch (Nigeria)

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