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Lagos Government Moves Against Synagogue

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The Lgos state government expressed their displeasure with the incident that occurred recently at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Ikotun - the collapse of one of the buildings.

The collapse of the building has reportedly killed scores of people including a ten-year old kid and many others critically injured.

The building was said to initially be a two-storey building before the addition of four new floors. As at Thursday, after NEMA announced that rescue work has ended, the death toll in the building had hit 80. Among them, 67 were said to be South Africans.

Therefore, it was reported by PUNCH that the main building of the church had been marked, and the church is to present relevant documents to prove its structural integrity.

Mrs Abimbola Amimashaun-Odunayo, the General Manager Lagos state Building Control Agency who confirmed that the building had been marked on a phone interview from PUNCH said that the documents had only been requested.

She had this to say;

"X(the mark on the building) does not mean demolition. It is for structural integrity test to be carried out on the building and the church is expected to provide all the documents for approval and the church has three months to do this".

When she was asked if the building would be demolished if the church failed to meet the requirements within the time frame, she declined to make further comments.

"Look it is still under investigation. I can't say more than that. I don't even know who I am talking with on the phone", she said.

Meanwhile, diplomatic tensions between South Africa and Nigeria have escalated as the SA government struggles to get answers about the building collapse that reportedly killed the largest number of South Africans outside the country since the downing of the Heldrberg airliner in 1987.

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