Court halts arraignment of Synagogue building engineers

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday restrained the Attorney-General of the state from arraigning two structural engineers of the Synagogue Church, Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun,
Justice Ibrahim Buba granted the restraining order to allow the engineers to pursue their appeal on a judgment he had earlier delivered in the case.
He, however, warned that the applicants must ensure they pursued their appeal diligently, or same order would be vacated.
“In the circumstance of this case, the respondents’ nine-paragraph counter-affidavit has not shown that I should not exercise my discretion judicially and judiciously.
“I am inclined to grant this application with a caveat that the applicants must pursue the appeal diligently and vigorously so that justice can be done to all parties.
“The application for injunction pending appeal succeeds and is granted.
“If the applicant fails to pursue the appeal diligently, the order can be vacated by this court or the Court of Appeal’’, Buba held.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports the engineers had been scheduled for arraignment on a 110-count charge of involuntary manslaughter.
They were charged over the death of 116 persons in the collapsed guest house of the synagogue church on Sept. 12, 2014.
The planned arraignment had been fixed for Dec. 11, before Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo of the state high court in Ikeja.

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