This is not the best of times for Temitope Joshua, leader of Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, as the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, NITP, has called on the Lagos State government to expedite action in making him face the law. At a news conference in Abuja, Steve Onu, national president, NITP, said the government should launch a thorough investigation into the September 12 building collapse and bring those behind the incidence to book accordingly.
Onu who observed that many buildings in Lagos do not meet standard building planning requirements, said, “if what has happened is considered a criminal act, criminal law should be pursued to its conclusion,” adding that there is a penalty for negligence, which he said should also be extended to approving agencies.
In a related development, the youth wing of the African National Congress, ANC, of South Africa, has warned President Jacob Zuma, not to allow Joshua into South Africa until a full explanation is provided by the church as to what really happened to their countrymen who lost their lives in the tragedy.
Recall at the end of rescue operation in the site of the collapsed six-storey guest house in the church last week, Joshua promised his congregation that he will visit South Africa, where majority of the victims of the building collapse came from, to sympathise with the country over the incidence that claimed over 86 lives and injured 131 persons, according to official figures.
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