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Court remands Synagogue engineers, rules on bail requests May 3


A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja yesterday remanded in Kirikiri Prison two engineers who‎ constructed the collapsed seven-storey building owned by the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) till May 3 when it would rule on their bail applications.

Recall that the structure killed 116 persons, predominantly South Africans, on September 12, 2014.

The presiding judge, Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo, fixed the date after entertaining arguments from counsel to the parties in the suit.

The duo – Oladele‎ Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun – were last week kept in prison pending hearing of their bail applications scheduled for yesterday.

Moving the bail application dated April 19, 2016, counsel to Fatiregun, Titi Akinlawon (SAN), had argued that the offences committed by his client were bailable, a prayer that was stoutly opposed by the prosecution counsel and Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Idowu Alakija.

While arguing that the court had the discretion to grant bail or otherwise, she, however, noted that “the fourth defendant, Ogundeji, does not have an address within the jurisdiction of the court and therefore may jump bail if granted.”

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