LAGOS: THE Lagos State Government has instituted a Coroner’s Inquest to ascertain the cause of death of worshipers after a building collapsed in a church run by prominent pastor, TB Joshua.
More than 100 people lost their lives after the collapse of the church building recently.
State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ade Ipaye, under section 15 of the Lagos State Coroner Law, began the inquest.
He is soon expected to announce his sitting/visitation schedules and other details and to hold the inquest at the premises of the High Court of Lagos State, Oba Akinjobi Way, Ikeja.
While announcing the setting of the inquest, Ipaye said the Coroner had extensive powers to investigate the cause and circumstances of death in the church’s building collapse and bring his findings and recommendations to the attention of appropriate authorities.
In doing this, Ipaye said the coroner had 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.
“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 prosecutions depending on the evidence collected,” he said. –
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY