T B Joshua Refuses To Appear At Coroner Inquest Over Collapsed Building

The Founder of the Synagogue Chruch of All Nations, Prophet T.B. Joshua, was yesterday absent at the Coroner inquest into the collapse of a six story building in his church premises.
It would be recalled that the Coroner, Senior Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, had summoned T.B. Joshua to appear before the court to give his own version of events.
Explaining Joshua’s absence, his Counsel, Olalekan Ojo, pointed out that his client was yet to be served with a witness summons.
During the continuation of the hearing on Wednesday, Ojo said he decided to volunteer the information to the court to prevent a public misconception that Joshua dishonoured the court by not appearing after he had been served.
“On Friday, when he was to be served, he was not available. The Prophet, being the chief mourner, was contacting the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident.
“I learnt that the balliff merely gave the summons to an evangelist or one of the workers. I advised that whoever was given the summons to should sign to acknowledge its receipt.”
Ojo explained that since that was not done, it implied that T.B. Joshua was not served the summons.
The SCOAN counsel also said the contractor that handled the construction work of the collapsed building was not served because the court did not have his contact information.
Responding to Ojo, the Coroner said he had no reason not to believe the information being given by the counsel.
He, however, warned that T.B. Joshua must appear before him, adding that the court would do the needful to ensure Joshua was served but he insisted that the Clergyman must not fail to appear.
“As the chief mourner, I will not want to inflict more pain on him, but he should help himself,” he said.
Komolafe said though he had respect for Joshua as a prophet, he must be obedient to the laws of the land.
On getting the contact details of the contractor, the coroner requested Ojo to help get the necessary information.
The lawyer obliged but pleaded for time. The coroner gave him till Friday to provide the information.
Earlier during the hearing, the General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, testified that rescue efforts were delayed and negatively affected because of resitance faced when rescuers were trying to access the scene of the collapse.
“We received a call in our emergency centre. Immediately we activated our response plan. When we got to the first gate, we saw a first security post. We spent 15 minutes trying to find our way in, “ adding that a similar episode repeated itself at the second gate.
The LASEMA GM also berated the Police for not being able to control the crowd that had gathered at the scene.
He said that 131 people were rescued alive while 86 bodies were recovered from the scene of the collapse


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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