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Synagogue Collapse: We Had Approval For Additional Floors

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The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos said the church had approval from the Lagos state government to build a 12-storey building.

This was in reaction to reports that the collapsed SCOAN guest house which used to be a 2-storey building was converted into six floors without permission from the Lagos state government.

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Speaking yesterday, September 29, during an interview with Channels Television, Mr. Ken Emeakayi, a spokesman for Emmanuel Television (a media outfit of the church) said the church had approval to erect a 12-story building in the place but had only stopped at six floors.

He said: “The building is still under construction, but it is not as if it is an attachment to the church auditorium. It is a building standing on its own and in a different compound. It is a guest house. It is a building that has its own design and approval. This particular structure in question, has an approval for 12-storey building and they have even come to examine the foundation and its casting after this incident. They have therefore seen that it was done with the specification of a 12-storey building.”

He debunked reports that the church had not followed standard rules in the construction of the building.

Speaking on NEMA’s claims that they were denied access by church members into where the collapsed building was, the church’s spokesperson said the persons referred to as members of the church must be sympathisers.

He however called on agencies investigating the incident to thoroughly look at the whole issue and not just concentrate on standard of the building structure, adding that the strange aircraft theory should also be investigated.

When Vanguard contacted the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Toyin Ayinde, he declined comment on the matter saying: “There will be no further comment on the collapsed Synagogue building until investigations into the matter are concluded and the report made public.”

Following the September 12 collapse of the Synagogue guest house, the Lagos state government had set up a coroner of inquest for the purpose of investigating the cause of the collapse which reportedly killed no fewer than 115 people.

Meanwhile, Governor Babatunde Fashola had yesterday said the Lagos State Government would follow due process in the investigation of the Synagogue collapse.

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  1. Joseph L A

    October 1, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Thank God truth will always prevail.

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Tinubu Visits Sanwo-Olu, Says “I’m Still The Jagaban”

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Tinubu Visits Sanwo-Olu, Says “I’m Still The Jagaban”

 

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former governor of Lagos State and National leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress on Saturday paid a courtesy visit to the governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Tinubu, in his visit to the governor, stated that contrary to false news making the rounds, he did not travel to France, adding that he is still the Jagaban.

He also denied rumours that his son Seyi was kidnapped or chased out of his residence outside the country, emphasizing that nobody can chase him or his family out of Lagos.

The former governor’s visit comes after the infamous shooting of unarmed protesters in Lekki area of the state.

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Air Force Intervenes, Slams Policemen For Shooting At A Crowd (Video)

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Air Force Intervenes, Slams Policemen For Shooting At A Crowd (Video)

A viral video has captured moment soldiers of the Nigeria Air Force intervened and slammed some policemen for shooting at a crowd.

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The incident which occurred at a yet to be identified venue showed some men of the Nigeria Air Force calling on officers of the Nigeria police to cease fire.

In the videos also, residents were seen running helter-skelter while soldiers used a megaphone to call for calm. “Stop shooting, the Air Force are here”, the soldiers could be heard screaming.

However, the policemen appeared reluctant in taking orders from the soldiers until one of them showed proof of his rank by pointing to the stars on his shoulder.

The soldier also warned that if they refuse to ceasefire, he would charge them and their headquarters for inciting violence.

The officer who spoke on behalf of the Air Force then commanded the policemen to move their van behind theirs so the Army would serve as a buffer between them and the crowd.

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#EndSARS: Hoodlums vandalize Senator Gershom Bassey’s family house in Calabar

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#EndSARS: Hoodlums vandalize Senator Gershom Bassey’s family house in Calabar

Senator Gershom Bassey’s resident has been vandalized and looted by hoodlums rampaging the streets of Calabar.

Information Nigeria gathered that the hoodlums overpowered the security men attached to the property.

 

This is in spite of the  24 hours curfew declared in Cross River state.

Some of the buildings already vandalised include the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office along Marian Road, Cross River State Transport Regulatory Agency (CRTRA) office and banks along Mayne Avenue and 8-Miles Calabar.

Federal institutions like the Ministry of Agriculture, Cross River Basin Authourity, and Federal Psychiatric Hospital were also vandalized.

Houses belonging to some politicians were not spared. Some of those affected include Senators Gershom Bassey and Victor Ndoma Egba. Bassey’s houses located at Mayne Avenue by White and the one at Asari Iso were looted and burnt.

Egba’s house located within the same Asari Iso axis was also vandalized.

To restore normalcy, military personnel have reportedly taken over major streets.

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