TB Joshua-Synagogue Church
By Abdulwahab Abdulah & Bartholomew Madukwe
An explosives expert and researcher, Mr Biedomo Iguniwei, yesterday before a coroner court investigating the collapsed building in the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), in Ikeja, said the collapse was caused by an infrasonic weapon fired at the church by the aircraft that hovered over the building.
Mr Iguniwe, who argued as baseless the position of the Lagos State government which said structural defect was responsible for the collapse building, maintained that scientific evidence coupled with the CCTV footage of the collapse building, suggested that the building collapsed due to high energy infrasound absorption.
“The Lagos State Government has been pushing the reason for the collapse to be due to foundational/structural defects to poor construction standards used by the church engineers to construct the building, while the church has alluded the collapse to a terror attack/sabotage by explosives and controlled demolition.
“Having looked at all the reasons adduced and personally visited the scene of the collapse and analysed the video footage of the preceding moments before the collapse it was deduced that the collapse resulted from high energy infrasound absorption by the building leading to a high energy resonance of the constituent atoms of the building,” Iguniwei stated.
According to him: “This is even more accurate based on the fact that all other options being put forward were eliminated scientifically, creating what appears to be a mystery (due to limited knowledge) surrounding the collapse of the building.
“The foundation failure option cannot hold scientifically, because upon inspection of the foundation pads of the building, it was observed that the foundation pads are still intact with no stress or cracks on the steel and concrete pillars protruding from the earth.
“And the CCTV footage showed a collapse that is not consistent with other known buildings that have collapsed as a result of structural failure.
“As it is, it can be concluded scientifically that there were no explosives in the building when it collapsed upon the post-blast analysis done. It can also be true to safely say the building didn’t come down as a result of foundational/structural failure.”
“Because its collapse was not consistent with known cases of building collapsing structurally and coupled with the fact that the foundational pillars showed no sign of stress so far, the only reasonable explanation of the cause of collapse is the use of infrasonic weapon on the building.”
Meanwhile, Deputy President of the Nigerian Institute of Engineers and member of the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG), Oreoluwa Fadayomi, on Friday, said he has no evidence that the church (SCOAN) tampered with the beams of the collapsed guest house.
“I did not say it was the church that tampered with the beams and any other part of the collapsed guest house,” he said.
However, he insisted that remains of the collapsed building had been tampered with to arrive at a more credible report.
When asked if he used a digital camera to take the shot of the collapsed building, Fadayomi said, “I used my IPad to take photo shot when I arrived the scene of the incident.”
It would be recalled that the guest house collapsed on September 12, 2014, killing 166 people.
The matter was adjourned till April 29, 2015 for further hearing.
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