Synagogue: Foundation Not Faulty, Engineer Insists


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A geotechnical engineer, Dr. Joseph Ibikunle Folayan, has told the coroner that there is no evidence to prove the collapsed Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) building was caused by a faulty or failed foundation.

He argued that his investigations show the foundation has remained solid even months after the incident, an indication that the engineers followed due process.

While undergoing cross-examination by counsel to the Lagos State Government, Akingbolahan Adeniran, Engineer Afolayan was categorical in his submission.

‘The collapse of the building of the Synagogue Church did not occur as a result of foundation failure,’ he told the court. ‘There could not have been overloading because the strength of the soil, based on the exhibits before the court, can carry that load.’

He said as an expert, his findings at the site showed that the soil and the foundation of the ill-fated building met international standards.

Having made his submission, the engineer told the magistrate that his testimony was done in good faith and with due respect to the coroner court which he described as an honourable institution.

A mild drama then ensued in court when a consultant to the Lagos State Government, Engineer Victor Olusegun Oyenuga, who had been directed by the coroner to harmonize the three different calculations tendered by himself and two other engineers representing The SCOAN and the Lagos State Ministry of Works, showed up in court with an entirely different report belonging to the Building Collapse Prevention Guild of Nigeria (BCPGN).

The SCOAN lawyer declared that a conspiracy was at play since the consultant was not eligible to harmonize the three reports as his own report was among them, adding that someone independent should have been saddled with such a task.

He also stated it was surprising the consultant did not present the assignment given to him but came with a secret report which nobody had prior access to, including court officials. He insinuated the Lagos State engineer was working alongside the BCPGN, calling into question the neutrality of the reports contents.

Chief Magistrate Oyetade initially refused to adopt the report but later accepted it when it was presented by Mr Oreoluwa Fadayomi, a representative from the BCPGN, the body originally mandated to carry out a soil test at the site of the incident. Consequently, he adjourned proceedings till Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 for cross examination of the reports.

Meanwhile, more artistes from the Nigerian entertainment industry have continued to troop to the court in solidarity with Prophet T.B. Joshua whom they described as undeserving of all the harassment being meted out to him and his ministry since the inception of the inquest.

Most of them who spoke on conditions of anonymity hailed Joshua for his charitable and spiritual endeavors. Artistes such as Zule Zoo, Konga, African China, Baba Ijesha,Kelvin Ikeduba and other top celebrities were among those present.

Nosa Osazuwa – writer from Lagos, Nigeria

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6 thoughts on “Synagogue: Foundation Not Faulty, Engineer Insists

  1. ttandajehova

    GOOD MORNING. EMMANUEL – GOD WITH US

    THE EVERLASTING FATHER OUR KEEPER

    Numbers 6:24 – 26
    24. May the Lord bless you and take care of you. 25. May the Lord be kind and gracious to you. 26. May the Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.

    My salute to the beloved children, the victims, the relatives, the friends and the loved ones of the Martyr of Faith, for your strength, courage and faith. I pray that the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will continue to manifest in our lives. And I pray that he continues to comfort us, counseling us, strengthening us, encourage us and show his mercy and favor and kindness in our lives.

    The Holy Bible is advising us that the Lord Almighty will bless and keep us, that is he will take care of us. The Lord Almighty will make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us. The Lord Almighty will will look at us or turn his face toward us and give us peace and all Gods blessings. For our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is peaceful and he is the Prince of Peace.
    Because of his unfailing love the Lord Jesus Christ will bless our cities and bless our countries, and bless the fruit of the womb that is: that is he will bless the children yet to be born and the crops of our land and the young of livestock – the calves of our herds and the lambs of our flock.
    The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise. He is patient with us and not wanting anyone not believe him but to live forever.
    Our Savior Jesus Christ will keep our lamp burning, because he will turn our sorrow into happiness and he will turn our darkness into light.
    Be ready for whatever comes and dress for service and with your lamp burning. Like the servants who were waiting for their master to come back.
    Since we live by the Spirit let us keep in step with the Spirit and let us keep ourselves pure. Let the Spirit of God dwelling in us directs our lives, because what the human nature wants is opposed to what the Spirit wants. The Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self control. If the Spirit has given us life, he must also control our lives.
    The Lord Almighty will watch over your coming and going out both now and forevermore. You are not alone.
    The good Lord Jesus Christ will give you perfect peace to those whose mind is steadfast and he will give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm , because he trusts in you. Let us trust in the Lord forever for our Savior is the Rock of all ages and he reigns forever
    Control yourselves in all circumstances and endure hardship do the work of a servant of God Almighty and to discharge all the duties of your ministry with love and faith.
    The Almighty Lord is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy.
    To our Everlasting Father our Savior, who is glorious and majesty, powerful and authority through Jesus Christ before all his people is awesome and he is good.
    I bless and glorify the faithful Almighty God the Father our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ because in his great mercy and compassion. He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from dead, and into inheritance that can never perish spoil or fade – kept in heaven for us. Who through faith we are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed to us in the last time.
    Though you have not seen him, you love him and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. For you are receiving the goal of your faith the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1: 8-9

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  2. Theophelus Sithole

    GOOD MORNING, On behalf of all foreign people living in South Africa, we need your prayers as we are being attacked and some of our brothers from other countries have been killed due to these xenophobic attacks. Thank you Prophet TB Joshua, may GOD keep on blessing you and your ministry.

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  3. Martha Mahlalela

    The true always prevail,the building itself speak louder than we can think the way it collapse????????
    Martha a survivor of these building says there is nothing hidden that will not revil

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  4. Lasisi

    All the evil mechanization of the Lagos Government and their cohorts against the Synagogue Church of all Nations and Prophet T.B Joshua won’t stand.
    For those of us Engineers who have had privileged of visiting the site would agree that the subsoil below the ground directly above the foundation pad didn’t show any visible sign of subsidence due to shear. Also the characteristics of failed Pad usually seen in form of “heaving
    of soils ” were never developed immediately and several months after
    collapsed of the structure. The question is, why is the government hell bent on limiting its scope to finding faults on the construction? Is it because of it’s limited knowledge in unravelling how military plane could be used in bringing down such a building? Nigerians know the truth that the Synagogue was brought down with Aircraft as a consequence of the Ebola politics. No matter how long lie may persist it would one day be consumed by truth. No amount of government concortment of falsehood would stand for ever

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