A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja on Friday struck out an application filed by the Registered Trustees of the Synagogue Church of All Nations and its engineers seeking to stay proceedings in their trial by the court, reports Theelitesng.
This followed the withdrawal of their applications seeking to stay proceedings on the charges preferred against them by Lagos State government.
The withdrawal of the applications was sequel to the ruling of the Court of Appeal, Lagos which dismissed their bid to stop the trial before Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo at the Lagos High Court, Ikeja.
The state government had filed a 110- count charge bordering on involuntary manslaughter against the church trustees and the engineers over the September 12, 2014 collapse of its six storey guest house in the church.
At the resumed sitting of the court on Friday, counsels to the 3rd and 5th defendants, Mrs. Titilola Akinlawon and that of the fourth defendant, Olalekan Ojo, said in view of the ruling of the Court of Appeal, they were constrained to withdraw their application for stay of proceedings dated February 18, 2015.
They, however, informed the court of another application seeking to quash the charges preferred against them by the state.
The state’s Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mrs. Idowu Alakija, in her response, informed the court that they were served on Thursday.
Alakija said they would need time to respond to the application, insisting they would not oppose the defendants’ request to withdraw their application for stay of proceedings.
Justice Lawal-Akapo later struck out the application and adjourned the case to March 22 for hearing.