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Lagos State Government May Prosecute T.B Joshua

It looks like Synagogue leader T.B Joshua will be prosecuted by the

Lagos State Government over the collapse of his building on September

12th that left more than 115 people dead.

According to Punch, the state government has set up a coroner of

inquest for the purpose of investigating the cause of the building

collapse.

This was made known in a statement credited to the Lagos State

Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye, on

Sunday.

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

of 2007.

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."

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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