Collapsed Building: Coroner insists T.B Joshua must personally testify in court

The Coroner handling the inquest into the cause of the building collapse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Oyetade Komolafe, has insisted that the founder of the church, Temitope Joshua, must appear before the court to testify in person.

Mr. Komolafe made this pronouncement on Monday after SCOAN’s counsel, Osita Nnadi, suggested that Mr. Joshua does not need to personally testify since he wasn’t an eyewitness to the incident.

Mr. Komolafe shut down the suggestion saying Mr. Joshua has been summoned to appear before the court to testify and must comply with the directive of the court.

“The court has summoned him. He must come to court. He cannot sit and be sending words to us. That is unacceptable. He has been summoned, the counsel should advise him accordingly,” said Mr. Komolafe.

Olalekan Ojo, a supporting counsel for the SCOAN, insinuated that the coroner was trying to play to the gallery by insisting that Mr. Joshua must personally testify in court.

“Witnesses are not to be summoned for the purpose of sensationalism,” Mr. Ojo told journalists outside the courtroom at the end of the day’s proceedings.

“Witnesses are to be summoned for the purpose of giving material evidence. He (Mr. Joshua) was not at the scene. He was not the contractor,” he added.

Meanwhile, contrary to the narrative of the church that the guest house was sabotaged and that a “controlled explosion” might have led to the collapse of the building, the representative of the Lagos State Fire Service, Adebayo Olayimika, told the court that the collapse building did not show any sign that it was brought down as a result of an explosion.

Mr. Olayimika who testified that the result of the “360-degree survey” he conducted at the site soon after the building collapsed showed that floors collapsed on top of each other.

“There was no brick scattered and the floors has collapsed on top of one another. The building did not depict any sign of explosion and implosion.”

He also added that he did not perceive any toxic odour, which would have been the case it had been an explosion.

The fireman also added that those that were rescued were whole and none of their body parts were dismembered, which would have occurred if there were an explosion.

He also said there was no fire outbreak at the site on the day the building collapsed. According to him the fire that occurred at the site happened three days after the incident occurred.

“There was fire incident on the September 15. The fire was caused by friction as a result of rescuers cutting iron rods that produced heat and there were burning materials such as mattresses and the cooking gas was concentrated in the area.”

The counsel representing the police, Chukwu Agwu, however asked Mr. Olayimika if he has any qualification in bomb and ordinance handling to have come to the conclusion that the building was not brought down by an explosion.

The fireman replied that he supervised the rescue effort during the 2013 explosion at the popular Jankara Market in Lagos caused by explosion of firecrackers. He also added that the need for the “360 survey” was to gather physical evidence and the evidence he gathered did not suggest that building was brought down due to an explosion.

Mr. Komolafe also scheduled how the court would take witnesses for the rest of the inquest as follows:

On October 28, the Pathologist, Lagos State Emergence management Agency (LASEMA), Lagos State Ministry of Works and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) are billed to testify. On October 29, the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Building Collapse Prevention Guild and the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning would testify.

The South African Embassy, the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and the Surveyor General of the State were slated to testify on October 30.

Mr Joshua, the contractor in-charge of the building and the Nigerian Police were billed to testify on November 5 while testimony from Channels Television and TV Continental would be taken on October 6.

South African-Nigerian relationship not strained

The South African Ambassador, who also attended the inquest, told reporters that the incident would not strain the amiable relationship between South Africa and Nigeria.

Over 115 people died in the incident and 85 of them are believed to be South Africans. The SCOAN is popular among South Africans who frequent the church in large number in search of spiritual healing.
Following the high South African casualties, many believe that the seemingly delay of the Nigerian authorities in dealing with the issue would lead to diplomatic face-off between both countries.

“The South African relation with Nigeria comes a long way. We established this relation during the struggle against apartheid. This actually will make us work closer together.”

He also said that the incident was not the reason his country seized the $15 million meant for the purchase of arms from Nigerian dealers.

“The South African relation with Nigerian is priceless; it cannot be sold for $15 million. These are two separate incidents.”


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  • amazing2012

    so every body is above the law ! If he is faith and sympathetic he may need not to be summon. He will attend to show his cares, and have concern on the death/ those wounded.

  • Why does TBJ and his God refuse to have mercy and raise AT-LEAST ONE

    from the dead out of all who died IN HIS BUILDING?

    Most Nigerian Pastors (including Adeboye) are into Christian-Occultism not only TBJ.

    The time is coming when deceitful Pastors will actually be doing real
    supernatural things (not fake). The Scriptures already forewarned, so
    that anyone who truly wants the true-Christ must not follow Preachers
    WHOSE TEACHINGS ARE NOT REALLY SCRIPTURAL, no matter what real signs and
    wonders they perform. For example, read the following online right now:
    2Thessalonians 2:9-12, Matthew 24:24-26, Deuteronomy 13:1-11, 1John 4:1

    Isaiah 8:20 “… If they do not speak according to this Word, it is because there’s no light in them.”

    I encourage you to read my article “Beware of Christian-Occultism”, which
    you will find at my website which is the name i’m using here.

    • woooo

      Who told you he needs your bullshit articles?? Go make publicity elsewhere you conman!

  • tundemash

    So same TB Joshua who has been showing fake video of some plane flying over the building has suddenly developed cold feet when asked to come and prove his assertion before a coroner.
    If the church members don’t realise by now that this man is fake, then they are in double jeopardy; they have been scammed on earth and they will also go to hell for worshipping a man instead of God. That is what the Chief Priest Anikulapo called double wahala for deadi bodi.

  • Samuel Okezie

    The critical people we should know are the engineers who designed the building,the contractor, supervisor, geotechnical report and report of structural team that investigated the collapse. Joshua’s role should be to provide the details of the people he employed and evidence he met with statutory obligations. I must speculate that the building approval process is not robust enough to prevent this type of failure after watching the video. Are there seasoned structural engineers employed by the LG who vet designs and approve drawings. LGs should consider contracting established private consultants to act as Approval Authority. When the shit hits the fan you have serious people with reputations at risk.

  • falcon pca

    the prophet knows d buildin will fail.
    he is even suggesting it is a control explosion an it is not.
    in the aspect of GOD. money is the root of all evil but pastors of now are buildind large tent in d root.
    business is not just all about trade but about making profits . y must he sell d anointing water.
    if u r blind am not.
    d building dat collapse is it not for making money?
    do not look him from physical.
    but ask GOD to tell u who he is.
    there was noting like making profit in d bible.
    manipulation or not?
    GOD is bringing those using his name for bad down this season.
    he may not be among.
    but am afraid he may.
    mark my wordn
    thank u lord.

  • Amir

    Satanic verses: The many faces of a corruption infested occultist writer and double faced hate preacher.

    • Larry

      This is not the satanic Quran being use for brain-washing , Bible writing is of reality ……..shut your dirty ,mouth

  • Mark

    Thannks for the article,God bless you