Judge rejects Nigeria church collapse appeal

TB Joshua repeatedly refused to give evidence at the earlier coroner’s inquest, despite multiple courts summons.

A judge yesterday dismissed a bid by two contractors to stop their trial for criminal negligence over a building collapse at a Nigerian megachurch that killed 116 worshippers, most of them South Africans.

Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbola Fatiregun challenged their prosecution in relation to the tragedy at pastor TB Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos in September 2014.

But judge Lateef Lawal-Akapo, sitting at the Lagos high court, dismissed the defendants’ appeal for the case to be dismissed, saying it had “no merit”.

Both should appear with Joshua on February 18 to be charged, despite another legal challenge from the popular televangelist and preacher.

Joshua, a self-styled faith healer with a following across Africa, repeatedly refused to give evidence at the earlier coroner’s inquest, despite multiple courts summons.

He suggested the catastrophic collapse was caused by a mysterious “hovering” aircraft seen over the six-storey building before the tragedy.

But expert witnesses discounted the theory at the inquest and the coroner attributed the collapse to the unauthorised addition of extra floors to the guesthouse on the sprawling SCOAN compound.

Judge Lawal-Akapo said he would not tolerate any unneccessary delay in the case and he would grant the trial “an accelerated hearing because of its importance”.— AFP.

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  • Mixed Race

    This is good ruling by the judge.The Holy Bible says you should respect your earthly rulers and laws,therefore he should not be seen to be above that country’s laws.

  • Jesse

    Tell me, did God command TB Joshua to build illegal hostel ? And that without building permit ?

    How is that comparable with Paul and Silas ? Did they build illegally ? Did they do it against the Roman occupier coming from Rome ?

    Was Paul not brought to Rome and killed there ? And Peter hung upside down on the cross ? How about the beheading of John the Baptist ?

    How did God fight for them ? Let me clarify. If it is your end, it is your end. No God will defend you then anymore. You will be dead. Or go to jail. How many missionaries are being beheaded by ISIS ? Does God fight them ? The only fight you see is bombing.

    TB Joshua is fighting by legal defense, why ? Is it because he has done something that he should not have done ? Does money have to answer all problems ? Did TB Joshua not tell us if you have court case leave it all up to God ? Why is he then fighting so hard to stop and quash it all ? What are you thinking ?

    Sunshine you have no clue, you just are a idolater as so many are. Because of gain. What about justice for the martyr ? Has TB Joshua already pointed out who did it and can he bring them with him to court with his “morning water” ? Clearly not.

    What about his false prophecy of:

    #Boko Haram




    Can we just get it all right ? Is somebody like him above the Law of the Land ? Nobody is above the law with:

    Involuntary Manslaughter


    Manslaugther by gross negligence

    Can murderers now buy themselves out ? With money, with court cases, with making themselves favourite online and giving themselves reward for their actions or even resisting Court orders, hiding, deceiving and pervert the Course of Justice ?

    Does the defendant not owe duty to the deceased to take care ?

    And has the defendant not breached this duty ?

    And the breach caused the death of the deceased ?

    And that the defendant’s negligence was gross, that is, it showed such a disregard for the lives and safety of others as to amount to a crime and deserve punishment ?

    Should people who do things illegally in the Name of God get off the hook ? Really ? Who would you want God to fight for that ? Which God is telling prophets to build illegally and without building permit ? Which God ? I only know Satan that does that. Only Satan does everything illegal and without building permit.

    I don’t know any God that tells us to do things against the Government.

    Submission to Governing Authorities

    13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

    6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

    Should we then all go and do what we want and make a mockery out of the Government decrees and Laws by hindering the investigation and hindering the truth to come forward ?