T.B. Joshua asks court to block his summons over Synagogue building collapse

Pastor T.B. Joshua

The founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, Temitope Joshua, has approached an Ikeja High court to quash the proceedings of the coroner’s inquest into the collapse of a guest house belonging to his church.

The collapse killed 115 person.

In an application filled before Justice Lateefa Okunnu of the Lagos High court in Ikeja, the pastor asked the court to prohibit the coroner court of Lagos State and Chief Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe who presided over the court, from exceeding their jurisdiction in investigating the disaster.

Justice Okunnu has fixed December 3 for hearing of the application.

Mr. Joshua also prayed for an order stopping the coroner court from summoning him to give evidence.

The pastor’s application reads, among other parts, as follows: “The coroner who relied on his personal knowledge of the facts of the case is not a proper person to preside at the inquest. Adding that the coroner relied on extraneous matters not borne out of the records to reach his conclusion that the 2nd applicant (T.B Joshua) is a necessary witness when in fact is not is a breach of the rules of natural justice and fair hearing.

“Prohibiting the coroner from conducting further inquest/proceedings for reasons of his bias/likelihood of bias and for and/or from taking evidence/proceedings relating to the construction of the collapsed building which facts are clearly outside the scope of a coroner’s inquest.

“An order prohibiting the respondent from insisting on the personal attendance of the 2nd applicant as such will be without or in excess of jurisdiction, unconstitutional and lawful; restrain the respondents as presently constituted from further conducting any inquest into the collapsed building of SCOAN, as 2nd respondent has demonstrated personal interest in the subject matter and his neutrality clearly compromised”.

Mr. Joshua also sought an order restraining the coroner from continuing to take evidence/proceedings on the issue of approval and construction of the collapsed building which issues are clearly outside the scope of a coroner’s inquest.

Speaking in the court, the magistrate, Oyetade Komolafe, said Mr. Joshua should learn from the South African Ambassador who appeared before the coroner despite his immunity.


DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: Revealed!!! The Only Way Left of Getting an Extra Large Manhood and also Last Up to 38Mins+. Get the Insider Secret Here


TEXT AD: This NAFDAC APPROVED Solution Will Make You Stay Longer Than 40Mins In Bed Tonight And Help Your Erection. Click Here To Read The Free Reports


All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.


  • Tabugbo

    Murderer. Only in Nigeria.

  • Sharia_Haram

    They should summon Sharia advocates not T.B. Joshua. The Islamist government in Lagos MUST STOP intimidating T.B. Joshua(a non-Muslim).

  • Baba Messi

    “Mr. Joshua also sought an order restraining the coroner from continuing to take evidence/proceedings on the issue of approval and construction of the collapsed building which issues are clearly outside the scope of a coroner’s inquest.”

    Disgraceful! Issues of approval and construction of the collapsed building are MOST Important to this inquest!
    That statement sums it all up. T.B and the synagogue obviously have something to hide. Sad for a ‘man of God ‘.

  • Alice

    It does no harm to go and provide evidence for the investigation.The petition only makes sense if the conflict of interest by the coroner and others can be demostarted beyond reasonable doubt

  • Samuel

    THE ISSUE is the cause of the collaps of the building, the court job is to give JUSTICE to the event and not to divert on other matters which is a DENIAL of the true issue. May GOD rise up and exalt HIS NAME in this event, for HIS GLORY and HONOR in JESUS name.