The Commission of Inquiry looking into causes of the Collapsed Reigners Bible Church Building says the Architect, who designed the structure will be required as a witness in the ongoing investigations.
Accordingly, the Commission has directed that the Architect, Anietie Augustine, who is in detention, be released under police Escort so that he could provide the panel with the church’s building documents.
The Commission’s decision was in response to an application filed by Barrister Ini Ekpo, Counsel to the General Overseer of Reigners Bible Church, Apostle Akan Weeks, who was expected to testify before the court in Uyo today.
AKBC Judiciary Correspondent, Harrison Essien, reports that it was the first business sitting of the Commission and Apostle Akan Weeks, the General Overseer of Reigners Bible Church, was expected to give evidence in the matter.
However, his counsel, Barrister Ini Ekpo, said Apostle Weeks was not ready, on grounds that he was yet to submit a memo.
He also intimated the panel of his inability to have access to the Church Architect, Anietie Augustine who is in police custody.
Barrister Ekpo called for the release of the Architect to enable him provide the building documents.
Counsel to the Commission, Barrister Friday Itim did not oppose the bail application, but said the Architect be released with a Senior Civil Servant as a surety.
The matter has been adjourned to Friday, 6th of January, when the church building documents are expected to be available before the court for the General Overseer to give evidence.