The Commission of Inquiry on the collapsed Reigners Bible Church, building continued sitting yesterday in Uyo, with Engineer Uwem Okoko, Managing Director of Hensek Construction Company, the firm that handled the landscaping of the church, testifying.
Okoko, a Civil Engineer of sixteen years, submitted that he received a phone call two days before the church collapsed, informing him that the General Overseer of Reigners Bible Church, Apostle Akan Weeks, was bent on removing the scaffold and other support system of the building, which was not yet completed.
He said his professional colleagues, Idorenyin Daniel and Engineer Lawi Stephen, whom he introduced to Apostle Weeks, informed him on 8th of December, 2016, seeking his intervention that Apostle Week was insisting on removing the scaffold, ahead of his ordination on 10th December, the day the structure caved in.
Engineer Okoko said after receiving the information, he had to rush to the church, where he met Apostle Weeks and advised him on the risk and danger of removing the scaffold.
The Civil Engineer asked for the production of the phone conversation by the telecommunications network to confirm his submission before the Commission of Inquiry.
Counsel to Engineer Uwem Okoko, Barrister Akpakan Okoho applied to the panel to bring back the General Overseer of Reigners Bible Church, Apostle Akan Weeks, for cross examination, as some of his testimonies were contradictory.
His application was granted by the Commission.
During cross-examination, counsel to Reigners Bible Church, Barr. Ini Ekpo asked Engineer Okoko whether the compacting activities of earth moving equipment could cause cracks in a building, Engineer Okoko, in his response, said it could not, except where the structure was not properly built
Sitting by the Commission of Inquiry continues.