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Friday 20 March 2015

Synagogue Church Collapse: Prof Obafunwa Submit Forensic Report.

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.
The 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 disease.
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 disaster.
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 super-structure.
“The building did not collapse due to structural failure,” he said.
Further hearing has been adjourned till March 25, 2015.
Source:PM News

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