Nearly a year after Nigerian preacher T.B. Joshua’s The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) collapsed, claiming 116 lives, a Lagos coroner says the ministry should be prosecuted.
Oyetade Komolafe claimed Wednesday that shoddy construction and weak foundations led to the September collapse of a guesthouse owned by the church. But the pastor refutes his findings.
Through an attorney, TB Joshua’s ministry responded by issuing an official statement on Facebook.
“The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) rejects the verdict of the coroner on the grounds that it is unreasonable, one-sided and biased,” said the post.
“The church maintains its stand that the incident was as a result of sabotage,” it added.
TB Joshua who has tens of thousands of followers from across Africa, is credited with predicting the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. His controversial faith-healing ministry has gained both loyal followers and vocal detractors.
The statement continued, asserting that the coroner’s findings “left many issues unaddressed and questions unanswered.”
Denying any wrongdoing, the formal response also said, “The recommendation for the investigation and prosecution of the contractors and structural engineers used by the church for criminal negligence is premature because it gives the impression the coroner has found them guilty when a coroner is not allowed in law to make any finding of civil or criminal liability against anybody.”
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SOURCE: EEW Magazine