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Synagogue engineers return to prison

The two engineers, Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun, alleged to be culpable in the construction of the collapsed guest house of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, were yesterday sent back to Kirikiri prisons as the court fixed date to rule on their bail applications.

Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo reserved ruling till May 3, 2016, after taking arguments for the bail from the counsel to the defendants.

The collapsed building claimed over 120 lives many of them foreigners after the church guest house collapsed September last year.

The engineers were last week sent to detention after they were arraigned for offences ranging from manslaughter and negligence, while the court fixed yesterday for the argument of their bail applications. Their hope of regaining freedom yesterday was however dashed as the court adjourned ruling.

In her application dated April 19, 2016 brought pursuant to Section 115 of Section 2 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, counsel to Fatiregun, Titi Akinlawon (SAN) argued that the ”offences committed by the defendant were bailable offences. He has been charged before for the same offences at the magistrate court and did not jump bail. So, if granted bail now, he will also not jump bail,” she argued.

However, opposing the bail application, the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, Idowu Alakija, urged the court not to grant the defendants bail.