The coroner investigating the collapsed building at the Synagogue Church of All Nations on Monday suspended the invitation to the church’s Founder, Prophet Temitope Joshua, to appear before him.
The Coroner, Oyetade Komolafe, suspended Joshua’s appearance after granting an oral application by Joshua’s Counsel, Chief Lateef Fagemi (SAN).
Komolafe said that the suspension was pending the determination of a suit the cleric filed against him (Komolafe) before Justice Lateefat Okunnu of an Ikeja High Court.
The coroner, who had on December 10 dismissed a similar application by Joshua, rejected the submission of the Lagos State Government’s Counsel, Akingbolan Adeniran, that the court would overrule itself by suspending the invitation.
The inquest was instituted under the Lagos State Coroner’s System Law No. 7 of 2007 for the purpose of unraveling the cause of the incident.
No fewer than 116 persons were killed by the six-storey building collapse onSeptember 12.
Komolafe had issued witness summons on relevant individuals and institutions, including Joshua, to give evidence at the inquest.
However, Joshua filed a suit before Okunnu seeking a judicial review of the proceedings at the inquest which began on October 13
He asked the court to declare the coroner’s summons on him as unconstitutional and a breach of his right to fair hearing.