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Synagogue: Why post blast investigation wasn’t conducted— Police

By Abdulwahab Abdulah, Bartholomew Madukwe & Ebele Okafor
LAGOS—Head of the anti-bomb unit of the Nigeria Police in Lagos State, Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, Olakunle Olanrewaju, yesterday, told the Coroner’s Inquest investigating the circumstances which led to the collapse of a six-storey guest house belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, that heavy rescue operation at the scene prevented him from conducting a Post Blast Investigation, PBI.
The site of the collapsed building at the Synagogue Church, Ikotun-Egbe, Lagos.
The site of the collapsed building at the Synagogue Church, Ikotun-Egbe, Lagos.
He said: “I was not able to conduct a Post Blast Investigation, PBI, because of the very heavy rescue operation  going on as at the time my team arrived at the site. The PBI investigation was imperative because it was suspected that a blast might have been used on the collapsed guest house.
“In fact, we searched for explosives and power source to get a clue on the cause of the collapse. We will base our decision on the outcome of the laboratory test to ascertain if the speed with which the building collapsed is consistent with control of explosion.”
He further told the coroner judge, Chief Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, that the report of the anti-bomb unit of the state’s police command was not ready.


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