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A member of Building Collapsed Prevention Guild (BCPG), Mr. Ebenezer Olumide Ologuntoye, Thursday told a Lagos High court, Igbosere that the test carried out on the foundation and bearing of the collapsed building in Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) did not fail soil test.

Ologuntoye stated this while being led in evidence by the counsel to the church, Olalekan Ojo (SAN).

The witness said BCPG is a non-governmental organization interested in reducing incidents of collapse building to the barest minimum and that he got to know about the collapse of SCOAN building when he was selected as a member of the committee saddled with the responsibility of investigating possible cause of the collapsed building.

The Registered Trustees of Synagogue Church of All Nations SCOAN are facing 110-count charge of involuntary manslaughter, contrary to section 222 of the criminal law of Lagos State 2011 filed against them by the Lagos State government.

The defendants, Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun charged alongside their companies, Hardrock Construction and Engineering Company and Jandy Trust Limited.

A fifth defendant, the Registered Trustees of SCOAN is facing a lone count of building without approval.

They however pleaded not guilty to charge.

At the resumed hearing of the matter Thursday, the witness who testified before Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo said that when the building collapsed, the BCPG set up a committee and they were asked to look into the possible cause of the collapsed building.

He said that they carried out an analysis on the soil and foundation and discovered that the foundation and the bearing capacity were adequate.

Ologuntoye, a geotechnical engineer, who specializes in soil Investigations, quality and assurance control also, gave an analysis on how the test were conducted at the site of the collapsed building.

The witness said that two tests were carried out with Dutch Comb Machine, and the sample was taken to University of Lagos Unilag, laboratory for analysis.

“I carried out geotechnical borehole, and took the sample of the soil from top to bottom. Then the samples taken were taken to UNILAG soil laboratory for analysis.

“As a geotechnical engineer, I was expected to investigate what happened to the foundation, the soil on which the foundation stands was okay.

“I investigated the soil using two major equipment, namely: the geotechnical borehole and a dutch -comb, an electrical testing machine. Both equipment were gotten from BCPG.

“Sample of the soil gotten through the borehole test was sent to the University of Lagos Laboratory for analysis while the dutch-comb test result was gotten on the spot of the test and it was signed by all parties at the site.

“The parties that signed the report include representative of SCOAN, Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory and the Corona Court Representative,” he said.

The witness further told the court that he compared and analyzed the result sent by the UNILAG Laboratory with the dutch-comb report.

“My findings on both reports showed that the foundation did not fail and the bearing capacity is adequate.

“I wrote the report on the final analysis of the test carried out on SCOAN and submitted to BCPG.

“The other tests were done in the presence of parties; members of SCOAN, Lagos State testing representative and a representative of the coroner court was also there. There is a meter on the machine which is called Dutch Cone penetration, test and the result was gotten.

“The value got from the machine to know the value of the soil was done at the site, in the presence of the parties and they signed,” the witness said.

The witness also told Justice Lawal-Akapo that he has worked with renowned organizations in Nigeria and the diaspora.

On his work experience, he said he has worked with a Polish company, Naeimor International, Ekiti State Service Local Government Commission, Foundation Development Limited in London Lakeside Park, London among others.

The defence counsel, Olalekan SAN tendered the report of the test to the court and it was admitted into evidence.

Meanwhile, a subpoenaed witness, George Opeoluwa, the president of the BCPG had earlier tendered the report before the court.

Justice Lawal-Akapo thereafter adjourned the matter till May 16, 17 for cross-examination of the witness.

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