A prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of two engineers, Akinbela Fatiregun and Olawale Ogundeji, and the Synagogue Church of All Nations, on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 told an Ikeja High Court that the church auditorium does not have a valid building permit.SYNAGOGUE

The witness a former Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Olutoyin Ayinde, is the second witness to be called in the trial.

Ayinde made this revelation while being led in evidence by Mrs Idowu Alakija, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the ongoing trial of defendants who are facing manslaughter charges  in the deaths of 116 persons in the collapsed seven-storey guest house of SCOAN.

“The building collapse occurred on a Friday, I got in touch with the District Officer of the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) to confirm if the Synagogue Church had any building approval in the system.

“The Electronic Document Management System was searched and the only building approval for the church did not cover the site of the collapse building.

“The document, a five-storey building approval was meant for the church auditorium but as at the time of the collapse, the church auditorium had gone from five floors to eight floors.

“By the Ministry’s definition, the approval the church had for the auditorium is no longer valid and there was no application for approval registered for the collapsed building.

“The Building Control Agency pasted their sticker on the auditorium which had surpassed the approved five-storey but there was no need for sanctions on the other building because it had already collapsed,” Ayinde said.