A Nigerian university lecturer revealed her literal ‘journey through hell’

A Nigerian university lecturer revealed her literal ‘journey through hell’

A startling confession left members of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos speechless on Sunday 10th April 2015, as a Nigerian university lecturer revealed her literal ‘journey through hell’.

Dr Azuh Mary Ifeoma said her battle with ‘demonic’ oppression had led her to practically all the major churches in Nigeria but it was the prayer of T.B. Joshua – whom she had been bluntly told was a devil – that finally set her free.

According to the academic, her problem began when her father, who was a pastor with the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa’s ‘Church Of God Mission’, decided to destroy the ‘shrine’ where a goddess was worshipped in her village in Aniocha North, Delta State, Nigeria.

Mary led the youth of that village in a triumphant dance at the scene of the destroyed temple, mocking the ‘gods’ the community had worshipped for centuries. Little did she know the horrific spiritual repercussions of her innocent actions that were about to unfold.

One unforgettable night in her mid teens, a female ‘image’ appeared physically to Mary. “She told me that my father burned her shrine,” she reminisced, describing the lady as old but extremely beautiful. That signalled the beginning of a tortuous journey.

With her uncanny academic proficiency, Mary quickly rose through the ranks to become a lecturer in Economics at Delta State Polytechnic in her early 20s. But it was in front of her students at the lecture hall that the ‘demons’ struck in the cruellest of manners.

“Each time I entered the lecture hall or I was in a crowd of people, the image would appear,” she solemnly recalled, stressing this was a supernatural phenomena she alone witnessed.

“It comes with a sound like the beating of drums. When she comes, she would stand and order me to be dancing in the way we danced before her shrine. I would abandon everything I did at that moment, start dancing and then collapse. When I opened my eyes, I would see myself surrounded by my students or in a hospital.”

Understandably, most onlookers attributed her eerily erratic behaviour to a mental breakdown but frequent visits to psychiatric hospitals left no discernible diagnosis of any psychological problem.

Abandoning her home in Delta State, Mary began a desperate search for deliverance that cost her millions, left her heavily indebted and took her as far afield as South Africa.

“The problem was beyond my pastor,” Mary acknowledged, adding that she was a faithful member of Faith Liberation Church. Her overseer directed her to Dunamis International Gospel Centre in Abuja to seek for spiritual help.

“Dr Paul Enenche prayed for me and told me that the case had been settled,” she recounted. “I thought the end had come but it continued.”

Dr Azuh was next advised to see to a female senior leader of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), who organised a special ‘day of deliverance’ for her.

Merely days earlier, the lecturer had been casually given an ‘Anointing Sticker’ from The SCOAN by a friend conversant with her unusual troubles, which she placed on her vehicle.

“I went to that place with my Highlander SUV,” she began. “When the pastor entered, she was climbing the stair case and shouting, ‘Who owns that car?’ When she learned I was the one, the woman burst into tongues. At a point, she spoke out – ‘The spirit of TB Joshua has possessed you!’ ”

Mary was perplexed. She had never visited The SCOAN or met T.B. Joshua before. “She told the pastors to form a circle and instructed I kneel down and confess everything I had to do with The Synagogue,” Dr Azuh recalled.

The angry crowd of pastors then led her to the car and demanded she give them the ‘demonic’ sticker. “They bought kerosene and poured it on the sticker. The woman started striking the matches but they all refused to light.”

The female pastor began shouting obscenities about Joshua at her failed attempts to burn the sticker before proceeding with prayers for Mary.

The night after this ‘deliverance’, Mary’s spiritual entanglements seemed only to worsen. She was then directed to Apostle Johnson Suleman of Omega Fire Ministries in Auchi, Edo State.

“I met the senior pastor of the church,” she revealed. “He said there was no way I could see the apostle unless I sowed a seed of faith.”

N50,000 later, Mary met with the charismatic ‘apostle’. “He said that he had known my case, that before his mentor, Archbishop Benson Idahosa, died, he warned him not to have anything to do with TB Joshua. He said deliverance was a small matter. He prayed for me and told me the problem was solved and it would never happen to me again.”

That night, still in a hostel belonging to Suleman, Mary said she was almost strangled to death by the strange forces that had possessed her.

After complaining that the deliverance ‘did not work’, Suleman asked Mary to follow her to Lagos where she met with ‘Nigeria’s biggest pastor’, presumably referring to Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church Of God.

“He prayed for me and assured me all was well,” she narrated. Alas, the attacks continued unabated.

“I was just like a mad person, looking for a solution at all costs to this problem,” Mary described, adding that she had sold or mortgaged most of her properties to finance her various church trips.

Her next port of call was to the church headed by the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

The same rhetoric was repeated. “Why will you have anything to do with T.B. Joshua? That man is demonic. What you are seeing are tricks. He is not recognised. He must show us the one mentored him before he became a pastor.”

Invited to Oritsejafor’s ‘Jubilee Program’ in Word of Life Bible Church, Warri, Mary says she was ‘anointed’ by ‘blood of Jesus’ that was especially brought in from Jerusalem. The day after the program ended, she was sacked from her place of work.

On the verge of giving up, Mary then decided to ‘try’ another upcoming pastor in Warri known as ‘Prophet Jeremiah’ of Christ Mercyland Deliverance Ministries. “They sucked all the money from my pocket,” she revealed, explaining that she was at his expensive ‘mountain’ for 14 days without any improvement to her condition.

A friend then financed a trip to South Africa for Dr Azuh to meet with Prophet Shepherd Bushiri of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG). However, it was only ‘general prayer’ and ‘laying of hands’ that happened and no change materialised.

Losing hope in ‘pastors’, Mary went to a graveyard with a spiritualist who said she must sleep on the tomb of someone who had died at her age.

In the process of performing the diabolical ritual, a security man monitoring the graveyard discovered the duo, causing the herbalist to run away in fear.

The final straw came in March 2016 when Mary was ‘attacked’ inside a stadium where she was about to present a speech. Getting home, her fifteen year old son confronted his mum angrily, saying the shame and embarrassment of her problem had made him a mockery in school.

“Mummy, if you don’t go to The Synagogue, I will never eat food again,” he defiantly told her. Penniless and hopeless, she decided to visit the place she had been warned never to step foot into, resolving that if this failed, she would flee Nigeria for good.

Arriving at The SCOAN on Sunday 3rd April 2016, as T.B. Joshua began to move around during his time of ‘prophecies’, something remarkable happened.

“When he got closer, I was not seeing the prophet; I was seeing a pillar of fire. The next thing I knew was that I saw myself on the floor.”

Unbeknown to her, in the time-frame of her lost consciousness, the ‘demonic goddess’ within Dr Mary had confessed before Joshua intricate details of the destruction it had wrought in her life, career and family.

The Federal University of Imo State lecturer testified that since her ‘deliverance’, there was not a single ‘demonic encounter’, adding that she visited the local market amidst people without any qualms for the first time in well over a decade.

To cap it off, she reconciled with her brother who assumed she was dead and had even conducted a traditional burial ceremony in the light of her strange disappearance nearly 17 years prior.

“We searched almost all of the cities in Nigeria – all in vain,” Azuh Don Uche tearfully testified as he embraced his sister.

“Then, we gave up. The trauma of that killed both of my parents. The year we ‘buried’ her was the year my mother died. Four years later, my father also died.”

Surprisingly, one of the first people to contact Mary after her ‘deliverance’ was a senior pastor of Oritsejafor’s church, stating that they had seen her live on Emmanuel TV

“Don’t allow somebody to deceive you,” Dr Azuh concluded. “I went to many churches but none showed me love like what I received here. Love is the greatest.”

Surprisingly, T.B. Joshua was absent for the entirety of her testimony.

Ihechukwu Njoku is a freelance Nigerian journalist.

Pictures courtesy of TB Joshua Ministries Facebook Page

NB – some of the pastors names mentioned in this article were inferred and not directly mentioned by the testifier at The SCOAN.


This is an official statement from Prophet T.B. Joshua:

“I was shocked to find a report written in Premium Times ( claiming that the Panama Papers revealed a shell company called Chillon Consultancy Limited in the British Virgin Islands, allegedly owned by me. Whoever is involved in this malicious write-up and propaganda with an obvious intent to defame my person and the ministry, remember what the Bible says in Luke 2:34 – “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many… and to be a sign that will be spoken against.”

“I am not a businessman and have no business whatsoever. What God has given me is more than enough. I have nothing to do with the Panama Papers. As for me and my family, we shall remain in the vineyard of God.

“Premium Times – do not allow your company to be used. Do not allow your company to stand against God. This is a lie! Take note – this news was written by the same journalist who alleged that I bribed him during the building incident and went to different channels – both local and international – to propagate these fabrications. Since the building incident, there have been a series of threats towards the ministry and my person by this same journalist, Nicholas Ibekwe, who represents a gang of people.

“After everything that has been done in an attempt to destroy this ministry, this is what he has resorted to. Even the picture used in the write-up is taken from the Mexico Crusade I recently held. It was a crusade I went for, nothing more.

“Do not use the Panama Papers to attack those you have been looking for an opportunity to victimise. This is to show that not everybody alleged in the media to be involved in the Panama Papers is truly involved. My own case is a good example.

“Beware of those using the Panama Papers for fraudulent purposes! This is a very big mistake the fraudsters have made. Those who read this report – take time to do your findings. It is malicious.”

“Note – people are misusing the data in the Panama Papers for fraud to attack innocent people.”

Attached is the picture of Nicholas Ibekwe and one of the many emails he has sent to The SCOAN.



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BUILDING COLLAPSE: The Government and Judiciary Playing to the Gallery?

T.B. Joshua the world must persecuted living God's General

T.B. Joshua the world must persecuted living God’s General

Many give much attention to persons who do nothing meaningful, than investing their time and energy in accusing and condemning others because we live in a world where hate has taking over sound reasoning, where opinions are cheap, and where good sense is trampled upon. We celebrate the intended foolishness the irrational bring to the public domain when they attempt to rationalize an otherwise clear case of sabotage, impunity, injustice and the infringement on others freedom of worship and expression.

Some critics will say, “Justice for all” is when T.B. Joshua is arrested or when he is forced to come to court, but same will never explain why the government seems not to care or is hiding the identity of the Pilot and Crew on board in the Military Airplane from the public, that remains the major suspect in the SCOAN guest house collapse. This case should be properly pondered upon and critically tackled before we can really know how sincere the so called “justice for all” is.

It cannot just be concluded by those in authorities that it is impossible for the guest house to be brought down by an infrasonic weapon, when no appropriate investigation has been done or tendered forward to prove otherwise. Remember that in the scene of crime everyone is a suspect, including the unimaginable. The recent terrorist attack in Brussels can attest to that; the world can see how the national security of that Nation are so proactive, using CCTV footage to trace and track-down major suspects behind the terrorist attack.

The Nigerian government should support the nation’s security agent, who from the onset of the incident perceived sabotage and should not be playing to the gallery to the Anti-SCOAN sentimentalist who are hell-bent on seeing the SCOAN’s downfall.

As an opinionist would say, “An enemy has been caught; this is the right time to punish him”.

 #InvestigateSCOANAttack #TbJoshuaTheVictim #ArrestPilotAndCrew #InvestigateMilitaryAirplane #SCOAN #TbJoshua

#InvestigateSCOANAttack #TbJoshuaTheVictim #ArrestPilotAndCrew #InvestigateMilitaryAirplane #SCOAN #TbJoshua

The argument has always been that the SCOAN guest house was attacked and the government should do the needful by investigating and exposing the identity of the Pilot and crew on board in the military airplane that was used to attack the SCOAN guest house. Until this is done by the Nigerian government, no matter the court verdict or campaign of calumny against Prophet T.B. Joshua, it would not stand the test of time nor affect the reputation of the Prophet and SCOAN. The truth is that those with independent mind and those who honour sound reasoning above hate will see reasons to love Prophet T.B. Joshua’s ministry the more. As far as this case is concerned, the SCOAN is in the right part of the argument. If the government claim no one or group is above the law, they should expose the identity of the pilot and crew on board in the military airplane. Let them come out to defend themselves instead of hiding and shading the suspect and going after the victims, except they are confirming our believe that the attack was carried out by powerful personalities especially when you take time to obverse the controversial disposition of the Ministry of Prophet T.B. Joshua.

The Nigerian government cannot say they are not aware of the fact that Prophet T.B. Joshua is very controversial with a lot of local and international antagonist, to the extent that there are even websites, blogs, Facebook and Twitter accounts dedicated to rubbish his reputation. For these alone are enough reasons for the Nigerian government to make the Military Airplane investigation a priority, for SCOAN is a ministry that has many rivals that are so passionate to see the downfall of Prophet T.B. Joshua. Till date the Prophet remains the most controversial human being on earth, irrespective of our individual opinion about him.

We pray for true Justice to prevail in this case!!!

SCOAN collapse: NUPENG, NLC uphold it was a bomb attack

TB-Joshua-Synagogue-ChurchThe National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Lagos State Chapters, stormed the premises of the Ikeja High Court to register their support for T.B. Joshua and The Registered Trustees of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN).

This took place during the resumed hearing on Friday, April 8, 2016 into the case involving the contractors that handled the construction of the collapsed building at The SCOAN in September 2014.

The delegation from NUPENG carried placards with inscriptions like: “WE WANT JUSTICE FOR T.B. JOSHUA”, “IT WAS A BOMB ATTACK”.

Meanwhile, a representative from NLC told journalists that from all indications, the building had been sabotaged. He argued that the way the ill-fated structure collapsed was strange and did not suggest structural failure in any way.

They promised to meet the Lagos State Government to demand a review of the whole matter, stressing that the state should not allow a miscarriage of justice.

“We strongly believe that the Synagogue building was bombed based on what we saw in the CCTV footage and from the way the building fell flat in one swoop”, said a NUPENG delegate at the court.

Meanwhile, Justice Lawal Akapo of the Ikeja High Court has adjourned proceedings to Tuesday, April 19, 2016 for ruling in the applications filed by counsel to the defendants at the Court of Appeal.

Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), E.L Akpofure (SAN), Titilayo Akinlawon (SAN) and Olalekan Ojo, all counsels to the defendants, argued that the court should stay action pending the determination of the suit they have filed at the Court of Appeal.

Last week, a delegation led by NLC Lagos State Chairman, Comrade Idowu Adelakun, paid a courtesy visit to Joshua, calling on the government to drop its charges against The SCOAN and praising its impact on Nigeria’s tourism industry.

“The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) remains the only ministry in Africa that attracts the highest number of foreign visitors thereby boosting the religious tourism potentials of Nigeria and also earning huge foreign exchange for the country,” he said.

Nosa Osazuwa was present during court proceedings. He wrote in from Lagos, Nigeria


Prophet T.B. Joshua

Prophet T.B. Joshua

During a Sunday service at The SCOAN, Prophet T.B. Joshua prophetically warned the nation of India of an impending calamity involving a huge bridge. He said:

“Pray for this country, India. I am seeing a very huge bridge broken and when a bridge divides into two, what do you think will happen toe everybody? Pray for India. This bridge is very close to the river. I am seeing ‘Breaking News’. They [will] say this is a bridge – divided. Those of you who can go on the internet – put it on the internet to inform them. Pray for the nation, India. I am seeing this happen; they should take care of Thursday, Wednesday. Please, pray for this nation. Innocent people going.”

On Thursday March 31, 2016, a bridge under construction in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, close to the Hooghly River, tragically collapsed, killing many people and injuring hundreds of others.

We at Emmanuel TV send our condolences to the nation of India and all the family members and friends of those who died in this tragic incident, praying that God would strengthen and comfort them at this trying time.


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Video: A Must Watch Documentary On The SCOAN Guest House Attack

 #InvestigateSCOANAttack #TbJoshuaTheVictim #ArrestPilotAndCrew #InvestigateMilitaryAirplane #SCOAN #TbJoshua

#InvestigateSCOANAttack #TbJoshuaTheVictim #ArrestPilotAndCrew #InvestigateMilitaryAirplane #SCOAN #TbJoshua

The Lagos State coroner ruled that the SCOAN guest house collapse was as a result of structural issues, but evidence increasingly points to sabotage, some scientists even suggested an infrasonic weapon was used to bring down the building.

Unfortunately, nothing has been done by the Nigerian government in investigating the Military Airplane. Instead of the government to investigate the pilot and crew on board in the Military Airplane, they are using the Judiciary to cover-up the SCOAN attack and they want the members of the public and those that lost their love ones in this tragic incident to accept it that way.

Till date, the government have not uncovered the identity of the pilot and crew on broad in the Military Airplane that remain the major suspect in the guest house collapse saga and yet they are going after the victims- Prophet T.B. Joshua, SCOAN and the Building contractors. And it now seems even the media is helping them to brainwash the public and spread the lies that the guest house was not attack when common sense shows that the way the building collapsed was not structural failure, but control demolition.

Here is a short documentary below on the SCOAN guest house attack:

Video: How Prophet T.B. Joshua Predicted The Brussels Terror Attacks

Prophet T.B. Joshua

Prophet T.B. Joshua

On Sunday 31st January 2016, Prophet T.B. Joshua prophesied about an impending attack on a French speaking nation.

He said: “I have three messages to give you. One is for a French country. They have to tighten their security; it’s not yet over. These evil people are in the town. The people they chased out – there are some that are still there. They want to strike back. They are looking for every opportunity for assembly – assembly of people. They should pray. They should watch out. The people they chased out – some still remain. They will blow – a lot of people will d8ie. It will be the North part of a French country.”

We pray that God would strengthen the families and friends all the victims of the horrific terror attacks that took place in Brussels on Tuesday 22nd March 2016.

TB Joshua Ministries

SCOAN VS the Lekki Gardens Building Collapse: The Fallacy of Composition

@bukolasaraki @AkinwunmiAmbode @NGRPresident #ProbeTBJSCOANAttack #MissionOfMilitaryAirplane #SCOANGuestHouse

@bukolasaraki @AkinwunmiAmbode @NGRPresident #ProbeTBJSCOANAttack #MissionOfMilitaryAirplane #SCOANGuestHouse

It is so ridiculous how some persons, out of their short-sighted reasoning are quick to generalise and link the Lekki Garden building collapse to that of the guest house of The Synagogue Church of all Nation (SCOAN) which has been clearly made known by the SCOAN that the church building collapse was as a result of sabotage. They claim if Lekki Garden collapse was due to faulty construction (Still under investigation) therefore SCOAN guest house collapsed was also as a result of same phenomenon. This is a pure error in reasoning.

Linking the Lekki Garden case to that of SCOAN is fallacious; in academics it’s called the Fallacy of Composition. If a member in family A is HIV positive, we therefore conclude that all members of Family A are all HIV positive. Boko Haram is a terrorist group from Northern Nigerian; we therefore conclude that all Northern Nigerians are Boko Haram terrorist. This pattern of reasoning is purely an error, and such conclusions normally emanate out of hate, bias and misleading tendency. The SCOAN case should be investigated according to the available evidences and likewise should other building collapse cases in Lagos be handled and investigated according to the tendered evidences, not linking or comparing one to the other because they are of different phenomenon.

It is important to know that apart from the one-sided verdict of the illegitimate Coroner Oyetade Komolafe’s inquest and the disinformation emanating from some well know Anti-SCOAN media on the actual cause of the SCOAN guest house collapse, the record still stands that the SCOAN guest house was attacked. Therefore, for one to say because of the Lekki Garden building collapse in Lagos, all buildings that collapsed including that of SCOAN are all due to structural failure is pure lies and we are advising members of the public not to be misled by this gimmick emanating from the pit of hell to divert attention and cover-up the SCOAN guest house attack. As it stands, the Nigerian government has failed to answer the question about the military airplane that was used to attack the SCOAN guest house. Till date, the identity of the pilot and crew on board in the military airplane remains unknown. If indeed they are not guilty why hiding them? We are calling for total Justice for all; the government should not shade the major suspect and persecute the victim.

As for those calling for the arrest of T.B. Joshua, it is though disappointing for them, but still they need to know that as far as this case is concerned, T.B. Joshua is far from it. The Prophet is not a building contractor. Those calling for his arrest should as well call for the arrest of the yet to be known real owner of the Lekki Gardens building that collapsed. All these campaigns against T.B. Joshua simply confirm that the main target of the SCOAN guest house attack was T.B. Joshua and not the contractors, for they are simply victims of circumstance.

We also want to use this medium to commend the disciplinary action so far taken by the Lagos State governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode against the Lagos State Building Controller agency (LASBCA). LASBCA is reputable as one of the most corrupt agency in Lagos; it was the same agency that went on the media to lie to the general public that they sealed off the SCOAN guest house days before it collapsed and that the church ignored Warnings from the agency to stop construction work on the guest house. This particular disinformation from the then General Manger of LASBCA Mrs. Abimbola Animashahun Odunayo forced SCOAN to quickly release a press statement to debunk the falsehood.

May Justice be done in this matter and we would continue to pray for the truth to prevail.


Libya deportees Received the Millions of Naira

Libya deportees Received the Millions of Naira

On Sunday 13th March 2016, 39 of the Nigerians who were deported from Libya two days earlier came to The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations in search of refuge after their harrowing ordeal abroad. According to Fidelis Onos, who spoke on behalf of the group, most of them had been imprisoned for up to one year in Libya were they passed through untold hardship and suffering.

Many were engaged in bricklaying and other practical vocations when they were suddenly arrested, forced to leave behind all their possessions and then incarcerated. “We are not here to blame Libya,” Fidelis said. “If Nigeria was okay, we would never have left in the first place. It’s the war in Libya that turned it to what it is today – in a place where there is no government, what can you expect?”

scoan3He added that they were arrested for no specific criminal offence, explaining that it was some United Nations officials who actually visited them in the Libyan prison and made arrangements for their repatriation to Nigeria. “We left with only these clothes, which were given to us by the UN,” he said. Upon arriving in Nigeria, the deportees were provided a meagre N6,500 and told to take their leave.

Frustrated, angry and despondent, a group of them decided to run to The SCOAN, having watched Emmanuel TV in Libya. Upon learning of their arrival in the church, Prophet T.B. Joshua immediately sent evangelists to provide food, alongside medical aid to the most malnourished in their midst.

scoan2He then prayed for each of the deportees before giving the sum of N100,000 to all of them, totalling N3.9million ($20,000). Clearly moved, the young Nigerians burst out in song, some even shedding tears. “If not for a man like T.B. Joshua, most of us would have ended up going into armed robbery, kidnapping or even joining a group like Boko Haram,” said Godspower Chibuike.

“There’s no reason to go into crime now,” added another, stating that he had never seen such an amount of money in his life. “If youths were encouraged like this, we wouldn’t even think of travelling to places like Libya,” he stated. “T.B. Joshua is giving hope to the hopeless.” The group were additionally provided with toiletries alongside brand new clothing, as they had worn the same set of clothes since their arrival in Nigeria.

scoan1ScoanRemember, what you make happen for others, GOD will make happen for you!

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According to the representative of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in the coronal court, all materials used in the construction of the collapsed SCOAN guest house were of high standard in his report, the SON representative stated, “I am surprised at the rate and speed the building collapsed. It’s quite unusual and I believe it should be investigated”- SON.  this he said in high suspicion of the rate of speed and manner the SCOAN guest collapsed, which is synonymous with controlled demolition thus calling for a proper investigation to be done in ascertaining the real cause of the collapsed building.

What is keeping the Nigeria government from exposing the identity of the pilot and the crew on board the military airplane that remain the major suspect in the collapsed SCOAN guest house saga. Why are they not talking about the main  threat and suspect, the military airplane? why are they cunningly trying to compare the SCOAN building collapse to other Lagos building Collapse when they have not yet answer the main question, the military airplane!!!!…

Military air craft captured went round the the SCOAN building before it collapsed

Military air craft captured went round the the SCOAN building before it collapsed

At the Friday November 21, 2014 sitting of the coroner’s inquest into the collapsed Synagogue, Church Of All Nations building, the court was told that the building materials used for the construction of the collapsed building were approved by the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON).

This submission was made by the Director in charge of Inspectorate and Compliance at SON, Engineer Bede Obayi. According to him, iron rod samples taken for test at different laboratories showed that they were good and met the standard requirement. He raised reservations over the standard of the concrete debris, stating that the sample they took was slightly below the required density. However, he posited that the result could have been influenced by the pressure factor of the collapsed building, which makes it indeterminate in concluding if this contributed to the collapse.

Engineer Obayi also expressed surprise about the speed at which the building collapsed, fuelling speculations that the controlled demolition theory was indeed plausible. “Candidly, I am surprised at the rate and speed the building collapsed. It’s quite unusual and I believe it should be investigated. I also admit that the result of the test conducted on the debris is suspect. Due to the technicality involved, our investigation is inconclusive. I was not involved in the observation neither did I participate in the conduct of the test. I don’t even know any of the people saddled with the responsibility of conducting the test. We went for test in three labs and the final reports indicated that most of the materials used in the Synagogue building met our standard requirements. All the sources used were also approved SON sources.”

Meanwhile, members of the public and other interested parties attending the hearing have voiced out their reservations about the biased manner in which the magistrate seems to be handling proceedings at the inquest. Some of them who spoke to the media on conditions of anonymity complained of the magistrate’s partial disposition. They observed that he was always visibly harsh on witnesses who gave evidence which seemed to support the controlled demolition theory. Others said his disposition was suggestive of a calculated attempt by the state to persecute a particular party, stressing that the inquest has lost its integrity

In another development, counsel to The SCOAN, Olalekan Ojo has filed an application challenging the jurisdiction of the magistrate for encroaching on matters beyond the scope of the inquest by inviting Prophet T.B. Joshua, who was not a witness to the incident. He said the primary scope of the inquest was to determine the cause of death and not pry into private matters that bear no consequence on it.

On his part, the magistrate, Oyetade Komolafe grudgingly granted the request of the counsel saying, “I am not against Prophet T.B. Joshua and Lagos State is not against him. I will respect the law and await the report or verdict of the High Court. Therefore, I will hands off the issue of inviting him as a witness for now till the outcome from the High Court.”

However, he held up the letter submitted to the High Court challenging his jurisdiction and candidly stated, “I can tell you that this letter will not get to anywhere. I count it dead already; it is not an issue.” The statement added credence to concerns voiced about his prejudicial handling of the inquest.

The hearing was adjourned to December 3, 2014.

Nosa Osazuwa, a citizen journalist, was present during
the inquest