SCOAN Inquest: Security Rejects NEMA’s Testimony


The Security Operatives of
the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) have faulted the claims and testimonies of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and that their counterpart in Lagos State LASEMA at the Coroner Inquest investigating the circumstances that led to the collapse of the SCOAN guest house in Lagos.
Speaking while testifying at the inquest, SCOAN’s Chief Security Officer, Mr. Sunday Okojie, stated that NEMA and LASEMA officials were given prompt access to the state.
Okojie faulted the testimonies of Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, head of operations, Search and Rescue, NEMA and Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the General Manager of LASEMA.
He said that NEMA and LASEMA were not prevented from rescuing people trapped under the collapsed building, stressing that both agencies arrived at the church premises about an hour after the building had collapsed and gained access to the scene in less than a minute.
Buttressing his claim, Okojie submitted an unedited close circuit television footages of the incident from September 12 to September 16, 2014, stressing that the recording contradicted the agencies claims.
“On the first day of the incident, as you can see, nobody prevented them from entering into the compound.
“As you can see from the video, LASEMA came with only one bus and no heavy duty equipment as it claimed. It is the same thing with NEMA”, he said.
Okojie said that both agencies came to the scene without an ambulance, adding that the church provided 11 ambulances while the Red Cross society and life savers provided one ambulance each.
The SCOAN security chief, who is a retired police officer, however, commended officers of the Nigerian Police for maintaining law and order and preventing hoodlums from gaining entry into the place.