TB Joshua Gave Me Money After I Won Governorship Election- Akeredolu

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Olurotimi Akeredolu.

 

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State said the late T. B Joshua gave him some cash following his electoral victory. 

The Ondo leader made the comment on Friday during the funeral service of the late founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in the Ikotun area of Lagos State.

He described the preacher as someone who positively impacted many people with his philanthropic gestures as well as his spiritual gifts.

“He touched lives of special people economically and spiritually. We want to recall him for the great works he did on this side of the divide,” Akeredolu said but did not indicate whether it was after the 2016 or 2020 polls.

“I can testify personally to the good things I have benefitted from him. When I won the governorship election in Ondo state. He drove to Owo and something went wrong with his vehicle in his Akure.

“He told me he has come to wish me well and pray. And when he was leaving he put something in my pocket. I won’t tell you how much he put in my pocket.”

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Shunned By Top Pastors

 

Prophet T.B. Joshua had a teeming followership that stretched beyond Nigeria’s borders.

 

Akeredolu was among dignitaries and T.B Joshua’s followers that stormed the SCOAN premises for the interment service which was the culmination of a week-long funeral rites.

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu was represented at the event by the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi. The wife of the Ooni of Ife, Olori Naomi Adeyeye was also present.

Many of his followers across the globe also came to pay their respects to the charismatic clergyman who died at 57.

The late preacher whose followership stretched beyond the Nigerian border had a strenuous relationship with top pastors in the country.

None of them attended the funeral but the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), sent a delegation to the event.

Prophet TB Joshua, as he was fondly called by his admirers, died on June 5 after a church service at the SCOAN.

Prophet TB Joshua’s Burial: LASG Inspects Facilities At SCOAN To Prevent COVID Spread

 

A delegation from the Lagos State Government led by the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi and the Director-General of the Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr Lanre Mojola visited the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) at weekend to inspect facilities at the church for COVID safety and prevention protocols compliance in preparation for the funeral of it late founder, Prophet Temitope Joshua.

Speaking after the inspection of the church facilities and meeting with the church officials, Abayomi said the inspection is in line with the third wave mitigation strategy of the Lagos State Government to prevent the importation and spread of new deadly strains of COVID into Lagos and Nigeria.

While noting that the Late Prophet is a prominent person with a large congregation and followers from around the world, the Commissioner said the funeral rites would expectedly attract people from within and outside Nigeria who will deem it fit to come to pay their last respect to the clergy.

He explained that the Lagos State Government considers the funeral activities at SCOAN an important event enough to ensure strict compliance to COVID safety protocols to prevent the importation, transmission or spread of the newly deadly strains of COVID infection to the State or country.

Abayomi added that the inspection and meeting with officials of SCOAN is at the behest of the Lagos State Governor who directed that SCOAN be given all the support required to host the funeral programme for it late founder under strict COVID prevention protocol to limit any possibilities of introduction of foreign COVID variants among the congregation and by extension to the community.

He said: “On behalf of the Lagos State Government we want to offer our deep condolences to the family of the prophet and members of the congregation. In these very precarious times that we are in, with a global pandemic that is evolving dynamically; what we now know is that there are different strains of the virus circulating around the world, and Lagos State has a very strong third wave prevention strategy.

“The likely cause of a third wave is going to be an importation from visitors who are infected with the virus, so we are particularly careful about working with the Synagogue to make sure that we have a collaboration that will reduce the opportunity to zero of us either importing a virus or even allowing someone who is positive to interact with the community.

“So we have had series of engagements with the officials and executive of SCOAN, we are also in touch with the Federal Government; the Presidential Steering Committee and the Federal Ministry of Health,

“And the Incident Commander, Mr. Governor has said that this a priority event and we have to ensure that we give SCOAN all the support it requires to make sure that the series of planned events for the funeral scheduled between the 5th of July to the 11th of July is performed under the strictness guidelines to limit any possibilities of introduction of foreign COVID variants amongst the congregation or the movement of the virus in such an environment that would make transmission easier”.

“So, we’ve engaged with several stakeholders, we are looking at the airport, we are looking at the land borders, we are looking at events preceding the five or seven days of the funeral, we are looking at the funeral activities itself, we have a detailed account of the programme, we are putting some guidelines in place.

“Any visitor coming into the country has to go through the mandatory seven days of isolation plus testing before they can participate in any of the activities. We’ve inspected all the accommodation, we’ve looked at the auditorium and we’ve calculated how to completely eliminate the chance and the risk of infectious transmission”, the Commissioner stated.

While noting that there are some areas of infection prevention protocols that needed strengthening in the church, Abayomi assured that those areas would be strengthened before and during the funeral activities. He added that biosecurity and safety experts will also be on the ground to work with the local organizing committee to monitor and ensure the safety of attendees.

He said: “In collaboration with the Lagos State Safety Commission and the Biosecurity Unit of the Ministry of Health, we’ve seen some areas that need strengthening, we’ve been observing these for some days now and we are strengthening the protocols, so that as events are leading up to the seven days and during the seven days, we will have marshals on the ground, we will have biosecurity experts on the ground, will continuously monitor the situation and work with SCOAN to make sure we can keep this place safe and keep the congregation safe and keep Lagosian safe”

The team from the State Government which also included the Incident Manager of the Emergency Operation Centre of Lagos COVID Response, Dr. Ismail Abdul Salam, members of the Lagos State Ministry of Health Biosecurity team, officials of the Lagos State Safety Commission and representatives of the Federal Ministry of Health’s Port Health Services inspected the auditorium, marquee tent, hostel accommodation for international guests and sanitary facilities during the inspection.

 

TB Joshua Will Be Missed For His Spiritual Contributions, Philanthropic Gestures – Buhari

Pastor TB Joshua’s sudden death on Saturday, June 5, 2021, has come as a shock to many, including President  Muhammadu Buhari who says he will be missed not only for his spiritual contributions but for his philanthropy.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the family and members of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) on the passing of their father and founder, Pastor Temitope Balogun, popularly known as TB Joshua.

In a statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina on Sunday, President Buhari noted that the renowned televangelist will be missed by his followers all over the world not only for his spiritual contributions but for touching many lives through his philanthropic gestures.

He urged Pastor Joshua’s followers to take solace in the knowledge that life is not measured and defined by chronological longevity but by enduring legacies and lives touched positively.

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President Buhari also condoled with the government and people of Ondo State and prays that God Almighty will accept the soul of the departed pastor.

In a post early on Sunday, the church sent out a communique stating that the pastor had died on Saturday.

The founder of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations was 57 at the time of his death.

“God has taken His servant Prophet TB Joshua home – as it should be by divine will. His last moments on earth were spent in the service of God. This is what he was born for, lived for, and died for,” the church’s statement partly read.

The communique, however, did not stipulate the true cause of his death.

TB Joshua Was A Blessing To Humanity, Says Akeredolu

 

Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu says he has received the news of the death of Pastor Temitope Balogun Joshua with a heavy heart.

Governor Akeredolu in a statement on Sunday said the renowned man of God was a blessing to humanity and a great Ambassador of the Sunshine State whose Ministry was noted for charity.

He further described the late prophet as one who demonstrated timelessly, an alluring service to humanity.

“Undoubtedly, Pastor Joshua’s demise came as a rude shock. The pains are not mere emotional flashes; they are indeed piercing. The Ondo-born Pastor and Televangelist was a philanthropist whose exit will be sorely missed by many.

“Pastor Joshua was committed to giving and was more often, inexorably imbued with calmness while lifting the downtrodden. As a televangelist, he did not just win souls for Christ, he was passionate about changing lives.

READ ALSO: Prophet TB Joshua Dies At 57

“He demonstrated timelessly, an alluring service to humanity and compassion by assisting not only his home local government, Akoko North West. Other adjoining local governments in Akoko land benefitted from his large heart of benevolence.

“Of significant note too, Pastor Joshua never hesitated to assist in whatever manner the Ondo State Government desired such. To us in Ondo State, we consider this a personal loss. He was a pride to the Sunshine State

“Not only Africa is hit hard; this is a great global knock as his Pastor TB Joshua’s ministry attracted immeasurable foreign followership. Christendom has lost a giant.

“The reality of the finality of death truly hurts the heart. But for TB Joshua, he had played his own part of the endless life orchestra; he has departed. We must take solace in his good deeds while here. He is now Heaven’s gain. The people have lost a committed giver. We shall continue to remember his contributions to the development of our State,” the statement partly reads.

While commiserating with the immediate family, the entire membership of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Governor Akeredolu expressed his heartfelt condolences to the Zaki of Arigidi Akoko, Oba Yisa Olanipekun, and the entire community over the loss of a great son of the soil.

The Governor prayed God to grant the late ‘man of God’ an eternal rest in His bosom and comfort grieving family members, friends, and associates.

In a similar vein, Governor Samuel Ortom has expressed deep sympathy with the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) and the entire Christian community in Nigeria over the death of Prophet T.B Joshua.

The Governor in a brief communique on Sunday described the sudden demise of the renowned preacher as shocking and unfortunate.

He said the evangelist will be remembered not only for spreading the gospel of Christ but also for his humanitarian works through which he positively touched millions of lives.

Governor Ortom prayed that God grants the soul of Prophet T.B Joshua eternal rest and his family and members of his church the strength to bear the loss.

Prophet TB Joshua Dies At 57

 

Popular Nigerian prophet and televangelist TB Joshua has died.

This is according to social media posts on his ministry’s official Facebook account.

In a post early on Sunday, the church sent out a social media communique stating that the pastor died on Saturday.

The founder of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) was 57 at the time of his death.

 

 

“God has taken His servant Prophet TB Joshua home – as it should be by divine will. His last moments on earth were spent in the service of God. This is what he was born for, lived for, and died for,” the church’s statement partly reads.

The communique however did not stipulate the true cause of his death.

Below is a full statement as put out by the church.

READ ALSO: TB Joshua Will Be Missed For His Spiritual Contributions, Philanthropic Gestures – Buhari

PROPHET TB JOSHUA – JUNE 12th 1963 to JUNE 5th 2021

“Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” – Amos 3:7

“On Saturday 5th June 2021, Prophet TB Joshua spoke during the Emmanuel TV Partners Meeting: “Time for everything – time to come here for prayer and time to return home after the service.”

God has taken His servant Prophet TB Joshua home – as it should be by divine will. His last moments on earth were spent in the service of God. This is what he was born for, lived for and died for.

 

Members of the church wailing outside the premises on Sunday morning following confirmation of the preacher’s death.

 

As Prophet TB Joshua says, “The greatest way to use life is to spend it on something that will outlive it”.

Prophet TB Joshua leaves a legacy of service and sacrifice to God’s Kingdom that is living for generations yet unborn.

The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations and Emmanuel TV Family appreciate your love, prayers and concern at this time and request a time of privacy for the family.

Here are Prophet TB Joshua’s last words: “Watch and pray.”

One life for Christ is all we have; one life for Christ is so dear.

 

YouTube Shuts TB Joshua’s Channel, Facebook Removes Some Content

A file photo of Prophet T.B. Joshua.

 

 

YouTube has suspended the account of a TV evangelist and founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, TB Joshua over allegations of “hate speech”.

The channel, which had more than 1.8 million subscribers, was closed down on 12 April after UK-based openDemocracy filed a complaint after reviewing seven videos posted on TB Joshua Ministries’ YouTube channel between 2016 and 2020, which show the preacher conducting prayers to “cure” gay people.

A YouTube spokesperson told openDemocracy that the channel had been closed because its policy, “YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit hate speech and we remove flagged videos and comments that violate these policies. In this case we have terminated the channel”.

YouTube says it “prohibits content which alleges that someone is mentally ill, diseased, or inferior because of their membership in a protected group including sexual orientation”.

The Facebook page, TB Joshua Ministries, which has more than 5.6 million followers says it has “removed a number of pieces of content from this page for violating these policies” unlike YouTube, which terminated the entire channel.

“We don’t allow attacks against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, including content promoting conversion therapy services,” said a Facebook company spokesperson. “We take attacks on the LGBT+ community incredibly seriously and encourage people to report this kind of content when they see it so we can investigate”

Facebook’s hate speech policy “prohibits attacks against people based on their protected characteristics, which include sexual orientation and gender identity”. This includes “content promoting conversion therapy services which aim to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity”.

In reaction to the video streaming platforms’s shut down of it’s channel, the TB Joshua Ministries Facebook account said: “We have had a long and fruitful relationship with YouTube and believe this decision was made in haste.”

Man Climbs Mast To Commit Suicide, Seeks TB Joshua’s Intervention

 

A yet to be identified man has threatened to commit suicide by climbing a telecommunications mast.

The incident occurred on Friday in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital in the north-eastern part of the country.

According to eyewitnesses, the man was seen approaching the mast with chains around his waist without knowing that he had the intention of climbing the mast.

Speaking to Channels Television, two persons – Mohammed Aminu and Suleiman Musa – explained that they suddenly discovered that the man was already at the peak of the mast.

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The victim.

 

 

They added that he started shouting and throwing down papers with a short message entitled ‘To Whom It May Concern’.

“I did not know when he climbed the mast; I’m the guardsman here,” said Aminu who added, “This is the first of its kind.”

“He was throwing down some papers which were picked by some persons,” the guardsman narrated.

The man, however, made a demand that he would only terminate the suicide mission if the founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet T.B. Joshua, intervened in his case.

A file photo of Prophet T.B. Joshua.

 

 

The inscription on one of the papers read, ”People of God, I need your prayer for my safety. As Zacchaeus climbed the sycamore tree to see Jesus Christ out of the crowd, fortunately, he got his salvation from God.

“After so many revelations about SCOAN, I am not coming down from this place until prophet T.B. Joshua asks me to come down. This is my last hope even if it is the last thing that I will achieve in life, so be it.

“Please and please prophet of God, help and deliver me for God’s sake.”

Meanwhile, security operatives have arrived at the scene in an attempt to bring the man down in the dark without any iota of light.

This strategy, according to the team, is to avoid suspicion by the victim and prevent him from jumping off the mast.

Father Of Kidnap Kingpin, Evans Wants Him Taken To T.B. Joshua For Deliverance

Father Of Kidnap Kingpin, Evans Wants Him Taken To TB Joshua For DeliveranceFather of suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeje Dumeme Onuwamadike, also known as Evans, said his son should be taken to the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) for deliverance.

Mr Stephen Onuwamadike, (Evans’ father) made the appeal in an interview with Channels Television at his hometown in Anambra State, South-East Nigeria.

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He noted that something was wrong with his son and expressed optimism that he would be delivered if taken to the general overseer of SCOAN, Prophet T.B. Joshua.

“I have said it earlier, let them take him (Evans) to T.B. Joshua. I was at his church in 2012 and he said that if we see any criminal, we should bring the person so that when he gets delivered he would know himself,” Onuwamadike said.

He also appealed to his son’s victims to forgive him, saying his Evans’ acts have brought shame to him.

“It is a very big shame to me. I am still pleading with everybody he has offended to please forgive him,” the suspect’s father pleaded.

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TB Joshua Trends For Botched Clinton’s Victory Prophecy

TB joshuaHours after Donald Trump was declared winner of the US presidential election, Nigeria’s popular television evangelist, Prophet TB Joshua, began to trend on Twitter over a prophecy that did not come true.

Prophet Joshua had few days to the election said he saw a woman winning the election.

The prophecy was posted on his Facebook page, but after Mr Trump won the election, he pulled it down.

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Comments have continued to pour in on Twitter and other social networks about the prophecy that flopped.

 

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Mr Trump won the election with over 270 needed college votes while Mr Hillary Clinton polled 218 votes.

He says he will rebuild the economy of the nation and calls for unity.

“Working together, we will renew the American dream,” he said.

Synagogue Collapse: Court Adjourns Suit To Prohibit TB Joshua From Appearing Before Coroner

court-on-Synagogue The Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos State capital, has adjourned the ruling on the prohibition suit initiated by the Registered Trustees of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), alongside its Founder, Prophet Temitope Joshua, till March 6.

The Court, presided over by Justice Lateefat Okunnu, adjourned to the 6th of March to rule whether or not the coroner is a juristic personality.

The Judge, who was supposed to rule on Tuesday, raised the issue of whether or not the coroner could be sued or not.

She stated the outstanding issue that needed to be clarified before she could give her ruling on the matter, noting that the councils should file their process on the issue within two days.

Meanwhile at the Synagogue coroners’ inquest going on at the Coroners Court, the Chief Security Officer of SCOAN, Sunday Okoji, gave testimony as to whether or not the Statutory respondents were at the crash site all through the period.

The coroner adjourned the suit till the March 6 for continuation of inquest.

Court Earlier Set Aside March 3, 2015 For Ruling

Meanwhile, the same court had earlier set aside March 3, 2015 as the day to deliver ruling on the prohibition suit.

The Judge arrived at the decision, shortly after lead counsel to SCOAN, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), replied on point of law to the arguments raised by lawyer to the Lagos State Government before the court.

The suit was instituted against the Lagos State Coroners Court sitting in Ikeja, and the Chief Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, who was presiding over the court.

Specifically, SCOAN wanted the court to stay further proceedings of the inquest and suspend further actions on Joshua’s invitation to appear to give evidence before it, pending the determination of his suit against Chief Magistrate Komolafe before the High Court.

SCOAN alongside its Founder had filed the suit pursuant to Order 40 Rule 5 of the High Court of Lagos State (Civil Procedure Rules) 2012 and signed by O.M Abimbola.

Synagogue Building Collapse: Court To Deliver Ruling On March 3

SynagogueLagos High Court sitting in Ikeja, presided over by Justice Lateefa Okunnu, on Thursday set aside March 3, 2015 as the day to deliver ruling on the prohibition suit initiated by the Registered Trustees of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), alongside its founder, Prophet Temitope Joshua.

The Judge arrived at the decision, shortly after lead counsel to SCOAN, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), replied on point of law to the argument raised by lawyer to the Lagos State Government before the court.

The suit was instituted against the Lagos State Coroners Court sitting in Ikeja, and the Chief Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, who was presiding over the court.

Specifically, SCOAN wanted the court to stay further proceedings of the inquest and suspend further actions on Joshua’s invitation to appear to give evidence before it, pending the determination of his suit against Chief Magistrate Komolafe before the High Court.

SCOAN alongside its Founder had filed the suit pursuant to Order 40 Rule 5 of the High Court of Lagos State (Civil Procedure Rules) 2012 and signed by  O.M Abimbola.

The suit was praying Justice Okunnu for an order of prohibition, against the Coroner’s Court of Lagos State and the presiding Magistrate Komolafe from exceeding their jurisdiction in the conduct of Coroner’s inquest into the death of unknown persons in the collapsed building within the premises of SCOAN on September 12, 2014.

According to the suit designated ID/188MJR/2014, SCOAN wanted the Lagos High Court to issue, “An order of Certiorari to quash the proceedings of the 1st and 2nd respondents in the conduct of the coroner’s inquest into the death of unknown persons in the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Ikotun Egbe, Lagos on 12th September, 2014 in suit number CR/AL/01/2014 concerning matters, issues and circumstances other than what directly caused the death of the victims and the manner of their death for having been conducted without or in excess of the statutory jurisdiction of the 1st and 2nd respondents.

“A declaration that the decision of the coroner to summon the applicants to give evidence at a time when no materials were placed before the coroner against the applicants is a breach of the applicants right to fair hearing.

“A declaration that the coroner who relied on his personal knowledge of the facts of the case is not a proper person to preside at the inquest into the death of people at the collapsed building of Synagogue Church of All Nations.

“A declaration that the coroner who relied on extraneous matters not borne out of the records to reach his conclusion that the 2nd applicant is a necessary witness when in fact is not, is in breach of the rules of natural justice and fair hearing guaranteed by the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“An order prohibiting the coroner from conducting further inquest/proceedings relating to the construction of the collapsed building which facts were clearly outside the scope of a coroner’s inquest.

“An order quashing the proceedings of the coroner’s inquest in its entirety for being conducted in breach of the rule of natural justice, likelihood of bias, and for taking proceedings clearly outside the scope of the jurisdiction of the respondent.

“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 unlawful.

“An order of injunction to restrain the respondents as presently constituted from further conducting any inquest into the collapsed building of Synagogue Church of All Nations, as the 2nd respondent had demonstrated personal interest in the subject matter and his neutrality clearly compromised.

“An order of injunction restraining the coroner from taking and continuing to take evidence/proceedings on the issue of approval and construction of the collapsed building, which issues were clearly outside the scope of a coroner’s inquest.”

In arguing this application, SCOAN alongside its founder had told the Judge that Chief Magistrate Komolafe, who is the Coroner investigating the collapse of the guest house belonging to the church, had exceeded the jurisdiction of a Coroners Court.

The duo made the assertion through their lawyer, Fagbemi (SAN) while arguing the suit made against Chief Magistrate Komolafe at the Lagos High Court.

The Coroners Inquest was initiated by the Lagos State Government to carryout investigation into the September 12, 2014 collapse of the six-storey building which claimed the life of 116 persons.

In moving the application, Chief Fagbemi (SAN) maintained that the Lagos State Coroner’s Law 2007 only gave powers to the Coroner to determine the cause of death and to identify the body of the deceased.

The SAN further argued that taking evidence on the issues of approval and construction of the collapsed building were clearly outside the scope and jurisdiction of the Coroner’s Court.

The SAN revealed that Chief Magistrate Komolafe had been hearing evidence on such extraneous issues at the inquest which started proceedings on October 13,2014.

The senior lawyer maintained that Sections 32 and 33 of the Coroner Law does not empower the Coroner to summon on manners of persons to appear before the inquest, adding that the Coroner’s summons on Prophet Joshua to personally appear before the inquest was unconstitutional and a breach of his right to fair hearing.

He equally insisted that Chief Magistrate Komolafe had shown personal interest in the subject matter which could lead to being biased against his client.

Chief Fagbemi then prayed Justice Okunnu to grant the application and declare the Coroner proceedings null and void.

In responding, lawyer to the Lagos State Government, Afeez Owokoniran, prayed the court to throw out the suit.

According to the lawyer, the Coroner had extensive powers to investigate the cause and circumstances of death and bring his findings and recommendations to the attention of appropriate authorities.

He said, “In doing this, he has all the powers of a magistrate to summon and compel the attendance of witnesses, including medical examiners, and require them to give evidence, produce documents or present other relevant materials.

“In order to determine the cause of death, the Coroner has the latitude to investigate issues pertaining to building approval, soil testing and materials used in the construction of the collapsed building.”

Court To Hear Suit To Stop Coroner Inquest On November 17

Synagogue building collapseA Federal High Court sitting in Lagos will on Monday November 17, give judgment in a suit filed by a lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje seeking to halt the ongoing Coroner inquest into the collapse of a six-story building within the premises of the Synagogue Church of All Nations.

The sad incident occurred on September 12, 2014 at the Synagogue Church in Ikotun area of Lagos. A total of 116 persons, mostly foreigners have so far been confirmed dead.

The Lagos State Government had set up the Coroner inquest and appointed Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe to preside over the inquest.
The Coroner had swiftly swung into action and invited everyone that needed to be invited, when the lawyer (Ogungbeje) suddenly approached the federal high court to stop the proceedings of the Coroner inquest.

In the suit, the lawyer contends that the composition of the Coroner inquest was a negation of the principle of natural justice and Section 36 of the Constitution, and as such it was unconstitutional, null and void.

The lawyer also recalled that the Coroner inquest was constituted by the Lagos State Government after some agencies of the state government had indicted the founder of Synagogue Church, Prophet T.B Joshua and his Church.
The church was accused of making additional structures on the building without obtaining the necessary approvals.

Mr Ogungbeje argued that if the inquest is allowed to continue, it would seriously occasion miscarriage of justice, as the same Coroner would base its decision on the testimonies of the same agencies of Lagos State, which had openly indicted Joshua and his Church.

At the hearing today, the applicant (Ogungbeje) adopted these arguments in support of the suit, and urged the court to stop the inquest.

The state government represented by Kamar Bakare, a senior official with the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, equally adopted the counter-affidavit of the respondents in opposition to the suit.

In the counter-affidavit, the government explained that the inquest into the collapsed building was initiated due to public outcry and the need to investigate circumstances surrounding the death of the 116 people.

The government further argued that the inquest was also initiated pursuant to the provisions of Coroner System Law of Lagos State, 2007, duly passed into law by the Lagos State House of Assembly.

According to the government, the inquest is not a regular court, but a fact-finding panel to unravel what actually went down despite the preliminary investigations of the Lagos State Building Control Agency that the church never got approval for the additional structures on the collapsed building.

Besides, the government argued that the applicant (Ogungbeje) lacked the locus standi to sustain the suit as he was neither a member of the Synagogue Church, nor was he personally affected by the inquest.