By Wahab Abdullah
The Lagos State Coroner Court sitting in Ikeja, presided over by Chief Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, was yesterday informed by one of the counsels representing the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Olalekan Ojo that the registered trustees of SCOAN alongside its founder, Prophet Temitope Joshua have filed a prohibition suit before Justice Lateefa Okunnu of a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja against the coroner.
Joined as respondents on the suit are the Coroner’s Court of Lagos State and Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe.
Specifically, the suit brought pursuant to Order 40 Rule 5 of the High Court of Lagos State (Civil Procedure Rules) 2012 and signed by one O.M Abimbola is praying Justice Okunnu for an order of prohibition, against the Coroner’s Court of Lagos State and the presiding magistrate Komolafe from exceeding their jurisdiction in the conduct of coroner’s inquest into the death of unknown persons in the collapsed building within the premises of SCOAN on September 12, 2014.
According to the suit designated ID/188MJR/2014, SCOAN also want the Lagos High Court to issue, “An order of Certiorari to quash the proceedings of the 1st and 2nd respondents in the conduct of the coroner’s inquest into the death of unknown persons in the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Ikotun Egbe, Lagos on 12th September, 2014 in suit number CR/AL/01/2014 concerning matters, issues and circumstances other than what directly caused the death of the victims and the manner of their death for having been conducted without or in excess of the statutory jurisdiction of the 1st and 2nd respondents.
“A declaration that the decision of the coroner to summon the applicants to give evidence at a time when no materials were placed before the coroner against the applicants is a breach of the applicants right to fair hearing among other pleas.
It would be recalled that shortly after the SCOAN lawyer had informed the coroner’s court of the presence of the suit before the Lagos High Court, Magistrate Komolafe insisted that Prophet Joshua was not in any way on trial, but insisted that the Prophet should endeavour to abide by the laws of the land.