The senior pastor and founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations,SCOAN, Pastor T.B. Joshua together with the contractor that handled the building that collapsed at the church premises on Friday, September 12, 2014, will be appearing before the court on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.
This was disclosed by the judge in charge of the case, Magistrate O.A. Komolafe during a court session on Friday, October 24, 2014, which he believed that the presence of the pastor will help investigations into the matter.
However, counsel to the church, Mr. Jude Nnadi, opined that the pastor’s appearance at the court was unnecessary owing to the fact that he was not present as at the time of the tragic incident which claimed about 115 lives.
Komolafe stated that despite numerous press briefs between the pastor and some journalists, that the senior pastor still needed to give some evidence before the court.
He said, “We have heard that he has been addressing the press at various times, let him come and address the court.
“The court has summoned him, let him come and tell us what he knows. He cannot sit over there and be sending words to us that he cannot come.
“The court has said that for the purpose of what we are doing that he should come over.”
Contrary to the claims that the building collapsed under “controlled demolition”, a chief operational officer with the Lagos State Fire Service, Adebayo Musiliu, during a court session on Friday, October 24, 2014 disclosed otherwise adding that it has been 34 years since he started rescue operation.
He said, “All the bodies recovered were not dismembered or burnt. There were also no scattered bricks. The floors and pillars were also not shattered; rather the six-storey collapsed on top of each other. The collapsed building did not depict any sign of explosion or implosion.”