The murder charge filed by the Lagos state Government against Pastor Temitope Joshua, alongside trustees, and two engineers associated with of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, was adjourned till 27 January. The engineers are named Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun, as well as Hardrock Construction and Engineering Company and Jandy Trust Limited against, also charged. Trial judge, Lateef Lawal-Akapo took the decision following protestation by counsels to the engineers and the companies that they were not properly served the court summons at their locations in Alagbado and Ikeja. Idowu Akinlaja, director of state prosecution, insisted the sermons were served on them as allowed by the court through substituted means. Substitute means of summon is an alternative means to direct service. Due to the different claims, Justice Lawal-Akapo, directed that they be properly served with photographic evidence taken. SCOAN’s trustees, including Joshua, are facing 111 murder charge given the deaths of 116 persons after a church building collapsed on them in 2014.
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