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Civic group wants IGP to prosecute Reigners Bible Church over building collapse

The Civil Society Network Against Corruption, CSNAC, has petitioned Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to prosecute the management of Reigners’ Bible Church, Akwa Ibom, regarding the death of 26 people when the church collapsed in December 10, 2016.

The Punch News reports that Olanrewaju Suraju, national chairman of CSNAC stated that the petition was written based on the direction from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation on the matter.

“We write to you on the above subject matter on the direction of the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation.

“Sometime on the 16th January, 2017 we wrote a petition to the Ministry of Justice and Office of the Director of Public Prosecution with respect to the above subject following the flagrant display of nonchalance, high handedness, impunity and negligence by the management of the Reigners’ Bible Church leading to the death of more than 25 innocent Nigerians during a collapse of the church’s building on the 10th December, 2016.

“We believe in the sanctity of human lives and view any infraction of same as worthy of questioning and due investigation by appropriate government authorities.

“It is on this basis that we hereby formally report the said incidence to your esteemed office and thereby request a proper investigation of same to enable all relevant authorities take further actions.”

The building collapse with an official later telling a panel of enquiry that the state government and the church management were both responsible for the collapse.

 

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