Surprising! The factors that caused the fall apart of Prophet T.B. Joshua’s church that killed 116 people had been revealed by means of engineering specialists.
At the continuing court docket case concerning the tragic building incident at the Synagogue, Church Of All international locations (SCOAN) in Lagos, Nigeria on September twelfth 2014, Professor Patrick Nwankwo made the stunning revelation.
Professor Nwankwo, an worldwide professor of constructing and structural engineering, gave evidence on Thursday seventh and Friday 8th November 2019 on the Lagos state high court in Igbosere.
In his conclusions that have been said through numerous newspapers and media homes in Nigeria, Professor Nwankwo showed the unwell-fated guesthouse became compliant with worldwide standards, ruling out complicit as the cause behind the collapse.
At the same time as being led-in-evidence by using the defence recommend, Olalekan Ojo (SAN), Nwankwo informed the court docket that he visited the web site, took measurements and accomplished thorough investigations before concluding that that the collapse “had not anything to do with structural defects”.
Professor Nwankwo stated a building with structural defects would fall in part or sink on one side, adding that warning indicators such as cracks might be located by occupants.
“It isn’t viable for it to fall apart like a park of playing cards as visible within the case of Synagogue”, he insisted, relating to the manner wherein the building imploded in a depend of seconds, as captured via the church’s CCTV.
Explaining his modus operandi, Professor Nwankwo stated he finished structural evaluation the use of Orion design software modelling on the beams, columns, basis, anchorage, growth joints, inflexible zones and mechanism vis-a-vis the internationally familiar Codes of exercise for engineering to arrive at his conclusions.
Nwankwo tendered the record on his findings, followed by means of several volumes of ‘British widespread building codes of exercise’ to guide his assertions, as exhibits to the court docket.
Dr Jide Martin, the Director of Public Prosecution, raised no objection towards the files after inspecting them.
Professor Patrick’s conclusions mirror that of Dr Stephen Asheri Ntoga, a trained civil, structural and fabric engineer from Tanzania who equally examined the guesthouse within TB Joshua’s church complicated and concluded structural or foundational failure couldn’t have been liable for its tragic crumble.
The Lagos country authorities is suing The SCOAN over the collapsed building that led to the death of 116 human beings, together with 85 South Africans.