According to Punch, the state government has set up a coroner of
inquest for the purpose of investigating the cause of the building
This was made known in a statement credited to the Lagos State
Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye, on
According to the statement, Ipaye had instigated the coroner's inquest
pursuant to Section 15 of the Lagos State Coroner's System Law No. 7
The coroner of inquest, headed by Magistrate O. A. Komolafe, has been
charged with the duty of establishing the cause of the collapse of
Synagogue's six-storey building that killed no fewer than 115 persons.
Ipaye, who spelt out the responsibility of the coroner, said its final
submission might necessitate the institution of a criminal charge
against the church.
The commissioner was quoted to have said, "The law requires the
verdict of a coroner, as certified in writing, to be forwarded to the
State Attorney General and such verdict may form the basis of criminal
prosecution depending on the evidence collected.
"The coroner in this case is Magistrate O. A. Komolafe, who also sat
as coroner in the Dana Air Crash case.
He is expected to announce his sitting or visitation schedules and
other details and to hold the inquest at the premises of the High
Court of Lagos State, Oba Akinjobi Way, Ikeja.
"In doing this, he (Komolafe) has all the powers of a magistrate to
summon and compel the attendance of witnesses, including medical
examiners, and require them to give evidence, produce documents or
present other relevant materials."