A Nigerian court dismissed on Thursday the “no-case submissions” that had been filed by the defendants following the tragic collapse of Synagogue Church of All Nations’ building in September 2014.
This is according to reports in Nigerian newspapers.
The collapsed six-storey building killed 116, including 85 South Africans. Many more were injured.
The defendants in the case are the Registered Trustees of the Synagogue Church of All Nations and the two engineers, Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun, who built the building.
The companies for which the engineers were also charged. They are Hardrock Construction and Engineering Company and Jandy Trust Limited, said the report.
With Thursday’s ruling by Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo at the Lagos State High Court, the accused will now have to open their defence on 27 April 2018.
The engineers and their companies are facing 110 counts of involuntary manslaughter. The Registered Trustees of Synagogue Church of All Nations are facing one count of building without approval.
They all pleaded not guilty in earlier court proceedings in 2016.