The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) Thursday picked holes in the Coroner’s report which indicted it for the September 12, last year’s collapse of its guest house in Ikotun, Lagos.
On Wednesday, the Coroner, Chief Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe held that the collapse was caused by a faulty foundation, adding that the building had no approved plan.
He said the church should be investigated and tried for breaking the law; while the engineers should be investigated and tried for criminal negligence.
However, in a statement on its Facebook page, the church said the report was unreasonable, one-sided and biased.
The full statement reads: “The Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) rejects the verdict of the coroner on the grounds that it is unreasonable, one-sided and biased.
“The church maintains its stand that the incident was as a result of sabotage. We repeat: No matter how long a lie is sustained, the truth will someday prevail!”
SCOAN’s position caused public anger in South Africa, with callers to a Johannesburg radio station accusing it of shirking its responsibility.