Synagogue collapse probe stalled over T.B. Joshua’s refusal to appear

The coroner’s inquest into the cause of the collapsed building at the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, was stalled Wednesday after the church’s founder filed an application seeking to stop him from appearing at the hearing.

Over 115 people, mostly foreigners, died in the September 12th incident.

Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe adjourned till December 5 to enable him rule on the application.

T.B Joshua, founder of the SCOAN, had filed an application before the coroner seeking for stay of further proceedings of the inquest pending the determination of the suit before a high court.

Mr. Joshua, through his lawyer, Olalekan Ojo, had also filed a similar application before a Lagos High Court in Ikeja praying for an order stopping the coroner from summoning him to give evidence.

“The coroner who relied on his personal knowledge of the facts of the case is not a proper person to preside at the inquest,” said Mr. Ojo.

At the inquest’s last proceedings, the coroner had told Mr. Joshua to emulate the South African ambassador who testified despite his immunity.

On Wednesday, Mr. Komolafe said that the applications challenging the inquest are stalling the enquiry.

“It’s like you don’t want your prophet to come to court,” he told Mr. Ojo.

“The order you are seeking in that motion…. We have to take this application before we move on, it will be an impediment.”

But Mr. Ojo said that he needed time to effect service to other parties involved in the inquest.

“The position we are in now is, technically, one that the motion cannot be said to be ripe for hearing, having not been served to parties,” said Mr. Ojo.

“It is a motion that is pending but not ripe for hearing.”

Mr. Komolafe said that the inquest cannot continue until the application is heard.

“I have to adjourn to hear the application and give a ruling.”


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  • amazing2012

    We are waiting for him to come to South Africa- so that we revenge our love ones.

  • Really????

  • tundemash

    And this is the cl0wn some hypnotised people are calling a man of God ? Refusing to obey the laws of the land ? Only in a lawless country like Nigeria anyway. The fraudster/mass murderer should be on hand and leg chains by now answering multiple murder charges.

    My advice : South Africa ought to sue him to a South African court or international court and then let INTERPOL loose on him.

  • Allayes

    Persons whose hands and consciences are clean will jump at the chance to appear before the Magistrate. If nothing at all, but to state what they know, as well as publicly and deeply apologize to the relatives of those who died.

  • Jesse

    So that means obstruction of Justice and deliberate choice of diverting the cause of Justice as well. Where are his powers now from God ? He is fighting the established Law with a Lawyer ? Pathetic !

  • Jesse

    “But Mr. Ojo said that he needed time to effect service to other parties involved in the inquest.”

    This is called stalling and diverting the course of Justice, dragging feet, squeezing out the financial gains from this case as long as possible so he can become a fat cat from disasters like this.

    This is what the bible calls with a consciousness seared with a hot iron because they don’t have any. What fear do you need to have for if you consciousness would be clear and free. Why hide behind earthly lawyers and use your followers to say that he is a “prophet” because he is “higher” than the court of Law of the Land ? Which man of God in the Bible did even so ? There were sure law representatives in the time of Jesus. Did Jesus do this ? No. It is clear you all are dealing with an impostor and a fake that takes any road out of his own life being exposed. Mr Komolafe, why wait any longer ? Arrest him and interrogate him to the bone about his Illegal Guest Hostel without building permit at his compound and the neglect of even to put an insurance on it to protect the inhabitants in it.

  • Peter

    TB Joshua is a criminal. The court should issue a bench warrant immediately for his arrest. He is toying with the law. He is trying to manipulate the law court as if the Magistrate is one of his gullible adherents.

  • Chris1408

    Fake prophet, what’s he scared of? That’s a bad example from someone branding himself as a prophet

  • Ibraheem Aruna

    Everybody and anybody, disobeys court orders. Some do not believe or pay lip service to the rule of law. Several have even refused to declare their assets, so why should a man who claims to get his inspiration from a man who advised us to give to Ceasar what is Ceasars and unto God what his God`s, be an exception, Abi?.