The Lagos State Chief Medical Examiner, CME, Professor John Obafunwa today submitted the final forensic report of the victims
that died in
the September 12, 2014 collapse of a building with the premises of
Synagogue Church of All Nation, SCOAN.
Presenting the report
before the Chief Coroner, Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, Prof. Obafunwa
said that the forensic test which was conducted at Unistel Laboratory,
South Africa revealed how 110 of the 116 victims of the collapsed
building died. collapse
He said 74 of the victims were South Africans, 22 Nigerians, two Beninese and one Togolese.
According to Obafunwa, six of the victims who are still at the Isolo and Yaba mortuaries have still not been identified.
chief medical examiner further stated that of the 110 victims
identified, 60 were males, 56, female and a six-year old male child.
Stating the cause of death, Obafunwa said 56 of the victims died of
multiple injuries; 19, traumatic asphyxia, 19 exsanguination; 12 severe
craniocerebral injuries; nine haemothorax following multiple rib
fracture and one congestive cardiac failure following hypertensive heart
He noted that the varying injuries seen on the victims
are consistent with blunt force trauma that would be normally be
sustained from a collapsed building.
Earlier at today’s
proceeding, a witness from the church, Engineer Ogundeji, had told the
Coroner that the collapsed guest house was a year old before the
While stating that all the materials used were up to the
requires standards, the witness suggested that, “The building collapsed
as a result of movement which could be in form of sub-structure or
“The building did not collapse due to structural failure,” he said.
Further hearing has been adjourned till March 25, 2015.