Building Collapse: Five (5) Spurious Lies against T.B Joshua’s Ministry

Prophet T.B Joshua

Prophet T.B Joshua

Few days after the September 12th, 2014 building collapse at the premises of the Synagogue, Church of all Nations (SCOAN), Lagos, Nigeria. There were a lot of conspiracy theories by both government agencies and the press, made-up to mislead the international community and tarnish the reputation of Prophet T.B Joshua and SCOAN. Hearty effort by T.B Joshua’s ministry to rescue the collapse victims, assist the survivals and take care of the deceased families was not acknowledged, rather, they were raising false alarms against the Church, saying, Prophet T.B Joshua must be held responsible for the collapse and be arrested.

Classic evidences from the church’s CCTV footage that showed the manner of the building collapse and photograph evidences from a south African eyewitness that captured the mysterious plane, were downplayed by government agencies and the international media; those evidences have now being classified as ‘conspiracy-theories’ by propagandist desperately making moves to cover-up the SCOAN guest house attack and threat to prophet T.B Joshua’s life.

All the same, we have compiled and want to list out some of the lies now known to be deceitfully fabricated by government agencies and the press to mislead the general public and cause doubt on the position of the church that the building collapse was an attack.

1. Some days after the terror attack on SCOAN guest house, a false report was published by the international media quoting the General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LSBCA), Mrs. Abimbola Animashahun Odunayo. She was mentioned to have said that her agency had 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 untrue report was a cheap lie because there was no time LSBCA served the church a quit notice to stop construction or seal the building. The truth was that, all letters and contravention notices sent to the church by LSBCA were sent Four to five days after the building had already collapsed. This particular misinformation from the media forced SCOAN to quickly release a press statement to debunk the falsehood.

2. Government rescue agencies came to the collapse site ill-equipped; the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), but went on air to lie to the international community that SCOAN delayed them from entering the site to rescue the collapse building victims. They also alleged that the church members were hostile to them and that the church was not cooperative with them in the rescue operation.

This deception by NEMA and LASEMA, both government agencies was widely published by local and international media prompting a massive outcry from the public hence; unkindly calling for the arrest of T.B Joshua and accusing the church of trying to do cover-up, but the church kept silent and was busy keeping records on the truth. T.B Joshua always says, “No matter how long a lie is sustained, truth will someday prevail” and indeed truth prevailed. CCTV footage presented to the coronal court by SCOAN Chief Security officer and testimonies from other agencies that help with the rescue operation shows that SCOAN did not hinder NEMA/LASEMA from doing their job, but it was SCOAN that spearheaded the rescue operation. The church hired rescue experts and heavy-duty equipment and also provided 11 emergency ambulances that were used to convey victims to the hospitals. Both NEMA/LASEMA that were raising false alarm, came to the collapse site ill-equipped, they were busy taking pictures and conducting interview when people were still trapped under the rubble.

3. As NEMA/LASEMA where busy spreading their version of lies to the international community. A journalist name Mr. Nicholas Ibekwe came next on the scene with his accusation of bribe. Mr. Ibekwe who was on a secret mission to SCOAN, recorded a press conferences Prophet T.B Joshua publicly held with a number of journalists and went on social media to announce to the world that he has proof of Prophet T.B Joshua offering journalist bribe of N50, 000 Naira each to publish reports on the collapsed building on his favor. This accusation by Mr. Ibekwe caused a divided public opinion; he then went on to upload an audio clip he alleged was the proof of Joshua offering the bribe. To the disappointment of those who were already calling for the crucifixion of Prophet T.B Joshua, the audio clip did not prove anything; it become obvious the obsessed journalist was simply making a big deal out of the generosity of Prophet T.B Joshua. Here is the link to his alleged bribing proof and a responds by a freelance journalist.

4. During the time witnesses where being called upon to testify in the coronal inquest setup by the Lagos state government to uncover the circumstances and cause of the collapsed guest house, there was a misleading report that was widely published by the international press. The report incorrectly quoted Professor John Obafunwa, a pathologist who led other pathologist in carrying out tests to determine the cause of death of victims of the collapse guest house. The professor was alleged to have ruled out claims of an explosion as the cause of the building collapse, on the basis that none of the collapsed building victims had blast injuries. This deceptive report was intended to deride the position of the church that the collapse was an attack. However, Prof. Obafunwa disclosed that he was mainly concerned with the cause of death of the victims and not the cause of the collapse building and that it would be wrong and beyond his jurisdiction to probe into the cause of the building collapse.

Foundation of SCOAN collapsed building showed no sign of stress or strain

Foundation of SCOAN collapsed building showed no sign of stress or strain

5. Lastly, when the incident just happened, the international community was made to believe that the foundation of the collapsed guest house was designed for just two (2) storey building and the addition of extra four (4) storey building, making a total of six (6) storey building, was done without re-enforcing the foundation of the guest house and this may likely be the possible reason the guest house collapse. This misleading report that was widely published was against the position of the church that the foundation of the building was actually design to carrying more than six (6) storey building. But as of recent, independent investigation done by local and international building experts including, families of the collapse victims on the site of the collapse building has shown that the foundation of the collapse guest house was strong enough to support more than 11 storey building and even till now, the foundation of the collapse guest house is still solid and intact; there is no sign of crack or stress on the foundation.

So far so good, time has continued to vindicate SCOAN and Prophet T.B Joshua from any wrong doing. Even the report that alleged SCOAN had no government approval from the collapsed building has being established to be technically untrue because the church has already paid over N20million naira to the Lagos state government for the building approval and the approval for the building was being processed when the guesthouse collapse.

The ill motive behind these spurious lies listed in the article has added to the already general suspicion that the collapse guesthouse was part of an elaborate plot by some group of powerful elite with influence in government and the world media to spark Prophet T.B Joshua’s ‘downfall’, for a reason best known to the plotters and we hope at the end of this turmoil, justice takes its cause.

We also want to use this opportunity to wish the Prophet, T.B Joshua HAPPY 52TH BIRTHDAY!!!!

The CIA Prediction VS T.B Joshua Prophecy of Hope

The just concluded 2015 general election, in the African’s most populous Nation may have come and gone, but history on the successful and peaceful conduct of the election will remain incomplete, without stating the messianic role played by Prophet T.B Joshua all through the period of the election.

Before the March 28, 2015 Nigerian’s presidential election, there were fear that the Nation may end up in crisis after the winner of the presidential election, may have been declared. The fear was triggered by the CIA prediction that Nigeria will break up by 2015. The same year, the nation will be conducting her general elections.

The internal challenge the Nation was facing at that period of time appear that indeed the prediction and prophecy of doom of Nigeria engulfing in crisis is likely to come to pass. The threat from the Boko-Haram terrorist activities in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria, the campaign for an independent state by pro-Biafra secessionist group, the electoral hate campaign by the two leading political parties (PDP and APC) and the tense political atmosphere generated, looks like the most populous black nation on earth is surely waiting to explode in another major crisis that may threaten her existence.

The tension was so much that the wealthy were carrying their families and relations out of the country, while those who could not afford to travel out of the country left the town for their villages. Those from the northern part of the country with business in the south close their shop and travel back home, while those from the south with business interest in the north left their business and travel back to their state of origin because they felt they were safer in their state, if peradventure there are crises after the election.

In the middle of all these tension in Nigeria, Prophet T.B Joshua’s guest house was mysteriously attacked on September, 12, 2014. This attack lead to the death of hundreds of his members mostly, foreign visitors, but the prophet who know what was on play did not allow the incidence to weigh him down. With all the name calling, campaign of calumny and persecution, Prophet T.B Joshua did not loose focus; he was busy communicating the mind of God regarding the coming election directly to the incumbent president, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and his aide, to salvage the Nation from an imminent crisis that will destroy millions of lives and properties.

The Prophet was said to have told the incumbent President that God said, whatever the outcome of the election, his regime has come to an end. He should accept the outcome of the election to save the lives of millions of Nigerians. Prophet T.B Joshua was also said to have previously shared many revelations about Nigeria to the President that has eventually come to pass.

Shortly before President Goodluck Jonathan’s historic call to the President-elect Gen. Mohammed Buhari (Rtd.), Prophet T.B Joshua called the President, saying to him, “Your Excellency- all you need to say is thank you, Jesus, even when it seems there is nothing to be thankful for. He said, ‘thank you, man of God’. Before I knew it, I saw the news on CNN that he had congratulated his opponent,” – Prophet T.B Joshua.

It was that historic concessional call from Goodluck Jonathan to the President-elect Gen. Muhammad Buhari (Rtd.) that brought calmness to the tense political atmosphere in the Nation. Today, there is no electoral crisis in Nigeria, the doom prediction of the Nation’s breaking-up after the 2015 general elections did not come to fulfillment and these was made possible by an incumbent President that has the fear of God, listened to His warning and remain obedient to God’s word through the instrumentality of His Prophet, T.B Joshua.

Maybe if the leadership of the Nation had listen to the Prophetic warning from T.B Joshua then, the present Boko-Haram deadly attack in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria would have been stopped at the beginning. Nevertheless, we say thank you Jesus for helping your Nation to surmount her challenges.

TB Joshua Gathers 200, 000 In Mexico


A Central American venue usually reserved for elite football matches and high-class concerts reverberated with a different sound last weekend – the sound of the ‘supernatural’…

The prestigious Aztec Stadium in Mexico City played host to a ‘Miracle Crusade’ with renowned African Pastor T.B. Joshua on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th May 2015.

The venue, which can hold well over 100,000 people, was filled with the sound of praise and worship led by American Gospel artists Cece Winans, VaShawn Mitchell and Alvin Slaughter, pre-emptying the arrival of the Nigerian cleric, famed for his allegedly ‘miraculous’ exploits.

Joshua, who was on his first visit to Mexico, emphasised on love in a simple message he reiterated on both days of the crusade.

“Love has a language that transcends all languages, all barriers and all distance,” he told the crowd, his every word interpreted into Spanish.

“No wonder we are here today sharing the good news of the Gospel, irrespective of differences in language, tribe and race.

”Joshua then began ministering to the afflicted within the huge crowd, praying for dozens of wheelchair-bound invalids who immediately began walking, much to the delight of the spectators.

The cry of ‘Cristo vive’ meaning ‘Christ lives’ became the ‘anthem’ of the event, greeting each ‘miracle’ that unfolded as people threw away crutches, hearing aids and oxygen tanks at the prayer of the ‘prophet’.

Even a sporadic downpour of rain during the Friday event seemed unable to dampen the crowds spirits or hinder the cleric’s movement.

T.B. Joshua, who has nearly 200,000 YouTube subscribers and is followed by 1.5 million people on Facebook, led the masses in prayer against spirits of ‘witchcraft’ during the crusade’s second day, the result bringing ‘holy pandemonium’ throughout the stadium.


Hundreds ‘possessed’ by evil spirits ended up sprawling on the floor while many more were shaking uncontrollably and vomiting out unusual substances.

“I am lucifer,” an attractive Mexican lady garishly cried out amidst the prayer as her body contorted, clearly under some uncannily dark influence.

“She seduces men with her eyes and destroys them,” Joshua informed the crowd before tapping the lady who fell instantly to the floor and then bewilderedly arose, thanking God for her ‘liberation’.

Mexican media called the event ‘unprecedented’, citing that such huge numbers of attendees were unheard of where the main draw was not a sporting event or musical celebrity.

“It is noteworthy that at all times, it was clarified that the glory was not for men but for the Almighty,” one Spanish journalist wrote in his online review of the event.

Joshua capped off his visit by addressing and praying for over 4,000 pastors and leaders at the World Trade Centre in Mexico City on Monday 11th May 2015.

Several of those who had been ‘healed’ at the crusade shared testimonies after which the Nigerian ‘Prophet’ guided some Mexican pastors in praying for the sick and ‘prophesied’ into their lives.

An estimated 200,000 people attended thetwo-day crusade, including dignitaries from 14 nations and several Mexican government officials.

Invited guests included nearly 30 family members of South Africans who tragically lost their lives in a building collapse at Joshua’s church in Lagos in September 2014.

The event was also broadcast live on the Christian television network Emmanuel TV.

Ihechukwu Njoku is a freelance Nigerian journalist

Pictures courtesy of TB Joshua Ministries Facebook Page


I personally first share the opinion that homosexuals should be stone to death; but thank God, Mr Tedus Deliverance Story changed my wrong perception about homosexuals and I discovered that this set of persons are victim of circumstances in need of our love and prayers. The devil is our enemy; our neighbors are not our enemies. God love sinners but hate sin, God love homosexuals but hate the spirit behind the act; who are we to hate them when Christ Love them.

The bible is our standard, we should help others to be saved and not to die, Christ forbids us not to encourage sin and also caution us not to be quick to judge people by their sin. We need not to be economical with the truth, homosexual can get out of their present disorder if the world change the approach used in dealing with these persons. Hence we should stop endorsing ungodliness by encouraging homosexuality as normal but preach salvation and tolerance.

Being homosexual does not make one a wicked person, history made us to understand that some of those that contributed to science and technology had issues with their sexual life style even among those who help in discovering techniques that steered a successful war that brought an end to 1st and 2nd world war thus saving lives of millions of people, having issues with their sexuality. Many of them committed suicide because they could not get the required help from the society but were exposed to humiliation and rejection. I want you to understand that been a homosexual does not make one a bad person, someone can have a good heart yet still be under the torment of the spirit of homosexuality.

The devil does not want those under this bondage of homosexuality to get out of it, he knows that the end result is eternal condemnation, thus deceptively propagating that been homosexual is normal. We should stop using human right protection as pretense in promoting the devil’s mandate. Yes, let’s protect them from abuse but not trying to make the world see the act as normal. Our God is not a God of confusion. Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach. We can only defeat our enemy (the devil), if only the world can have a change of thought and start seeing things in the light of God’s word.

To the homosexuals, you need to give God a chance to transform you again, Christ loves you and He want to set you free from the bondage of homosexuality. Please don’t listen to those voices that want you to believe being homosexual is normal, those voices are from the pit of hell, these voices are from your adversary. Why not come to God, Mr Tedus came to God for freedom and he got it, take a bold step of faith and come to SCOAN or any bible believing Church that can help you, Jesus Loves you, He is still more interested in people like you, why not try God and see if you will be proud of your present life style in your freedom.

Thank God we are in the era of grace, unlike before, there is now hope for homosexuals that want to get out of their bondage.


Mr Tedus, a Nigerian businessman residing in Cameroon was doing his normal business and leading a normal life until he embarked on an excursion trip to Asia. Done in Asia, the airline conveying him back made a long transit that saw him and other passengers accommodated in an African country for the period of that transit. While in his hotel, he had made new male friends and had decided to enjoy the moment to the brim. He had gone swimming to ease off some stress but that singular act was to become his greatest undoing. That night, he had seen himself swimming in his dream in that very swimming pool where he had swum earlier that day. Waking in a cold sweat, he felt a strange presence. An unusual affection for men began developing within him. Inexplicably deciding to break up with his fiancé, he soon nursed his lust for men by downloading gay pornography on the internet. This eventually rippled into several strange relationships as affection for his fellow men took over his faculties. His work as a translator in a popular church merely a disguise for his nocturnal misadventures, Tedus considered being gay as ‘normal’, not realising a spirit was behind his sudden change in affection.


Prophet T.B Joshua

His pastor in Cameroon beckoned on him one day and insisted that he travel to The SCOAN in Nigeria for deliverance. Arriving at The SCOAN in January 2014, the young man received a powerful deliverance. The demonic spirit confessed it was behind his problem, giving him ‘passion’ for his fellow men. Today, the story of Tedus has radically changed as the affection for men disappeared as quickly as it came. Tedus explained he now has a zeal to pray and read the Bible, choosing to no longer engage in the carefree, partying lifestyle that led him to trouble in the first place. To cap off the remarkable transformation, Tedus did not come to The SCOAN alone! Accompanied by a young lady he introduced as Jessy, the beaming young man told the congregation that this was the lady he planned to marry, adding that he had come to seek God’s opinion before going ahead with nuptials. His advice was simple. “If you are living such a life, you must understand that it’s not normal. There is a spirit behind such acts. Deliverance is the answer!”

Let us remind you what Prophet T.B. Joshua said concerning this issue in response to a question on Facebook: “Judge not, so that you will not be judged (Matthew 7:1). We should talk to people to be saved and not to die. I mean, we should talk salvation, not condemnation. God hates sin, not sinners. When I say, ‘Do not judge so that you will not be judged’, I mean we should hate sin, not the sinner because sinners can change. If you have killed a sinner by judging him, there will be no opportunity for change. Sinners can be delivered. We should hate the act, not the people because our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the ‘spirit beings’ that cause all these acts.

The Bible is my standard. If my parents were one, I would not have been given birth to. Those that are asking this question – if your parents were one, you would not have been given birth to. You that are reading me – if your parents were one, you would not be reading this today. God bless the reader and the hearer.”

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COREN Says SCOAN Collapse Not Caused By Foundation Failure

A witness representing the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Engineer Dr. Victor Oyenuga has told the coroner that the collapse of the building belonging to The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) was not as a result of a faulty foundation.


Foundation of SCOAN collapsed building showed no sign of stress or strain

The Engineer made this submission while being cross-examined by counsel to The SCOAN, Olalekan Ojo who also pointed out to the witness that most aspects of the COREN report were based on probabilities rather than facts. Responding to the observation of Mr. Ojo, the witness agreed that several of the submissions contained in the report were based on assumptions.

The COREN witness, who resides in Ikotun, also admitted that he was never at the scene of the collapsed building which is not at par with a post investigation report. He rather based all his submissions on reports from other agencies.

Having observed the seriousness with which The SCOAN counsel was cross-examining the COREN witness, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Oyetade Komolafe insisted that the coroner’s inquest was not an adversarial court but a fact-finding one.

He urged all parties involved, especially counsels, to stop creating the impression that the inquest is a contest between two parties. Komolafe also took time out to inform the court that the adoption of addresses will take place on June 2, 2015.

Meanwhile, a delegation of kings from Nigeria and Cotonou, Benin Republic were at the court to show solidarity with T.B. Joshua. According to some of them who spoke to journalists, they came to support ‘the man of God’ whom they described as a shining light in Africa and a servant of God of international repute.

Some notable Nollywood artistes also sighted at the court premises include Tony Umez, Papa Ajasco and Jimoh Aliu. Popularly sports analyst, Felix Okugbe was also present.

Proceeding resumes on June 2, 2015 for the adoption of addresses as agreed by counsels and the magistrate.

Source: Nosa Osazuwa – a journalist from Lagos, was present during the court proceedings

Expert Say, Synagogue Collapse Caused By Infrasonic Weapon

An explosives expert and researcher, Mr. Biedomo Paul Iguniwei has tendered a research paper requested by the coroner before the Lagos court investigating the cause of the collapsed building at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations(SCOAN) last year.


In the research paper, which was equally made available to newsmen, Mr. Iguniwei still insists that the building collapse was caused by an infrasonic weapon fired at the church by the aircraft that hovered over the building several times.

Arguing that the position of the Lagos State Government which tends to support structural defect as cause of the collapse is baseless, he observed that scientific evidence coupled with the CCTV footage of the collapse suggest the building collapsed due to high energy infrasound absorption.

“The Lagos State Government has been pushing the reason for the collapse as foundational, structural defects or poor construction standards used by the church engineers. However, having looked at all the reasons adduced, personally visited the scene of the collapse and analyzed the video footage of the preceding moments before the collapse of the structure, it was deduced that the collapse resulted from high energy infrasound absorption by the building leading to a high energy resonance of the constituent atoms of the building”.

Mr. Iguniwei further supported the infrasonic weapon theory thus: “All other options being put forward were eliminated scientifically, creating a mystery surrounding the collapse of the building. The foundation failure option cannot hold scientifically because upon inspection of the foundation pads of the building, it was observed that the foundation pads are still intact with no stressor cracks on the steel and concrete pillars protruding from the earth. Additionally, the CCTV footage showed a collapse that is not consistent with other known buildings that have collapsed as a result of structural failure.

”Based on the aforementioned factors, Mr. Iguniwei concluded thus: “As it is, it can be concluded scientifically that there were no explosives in the building when it collapsed upon the post-blast analysis done. It can also be true to safely say the building didn’t come down as a result of foundational or structural failure. Thus, the only reasonable explanation for the cause of collapse is the use of an infrasonic weapon on the building”.

Meanwhile, the BCPG witness, Engineer Oreoluwa Fadayomi has admitted there was an error in his report. The submission arose from the revelation that the report he based his findings upon via email were not actually genuine documents as submitted by the church.

Having adopted the paper by Iguniwei, the coroner adjourned proceedings to Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

By Nosa Osazuwa was present during court proceedings

TB Joshua calls for African unity, speaks on Xenophobia


Prophet T.B Joshua

Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua addressed the contentious issue of xenophobia in his church service on Sunday 19th April 2015, a subject gaining worldwide attention after the recent spate of violent attacks against foreign nationals in South Africa.

In a short message televised live on popular Christian station Emmanuel TV and subsequently posted on Joshua’s social media accounts, the cleric called for Africans to unite.

He said that each country has peculiar challenges, adding that as South Africans are battling xenophobia, Nigerians are faced with the menace of Boko Haram.

“The wound of one should be the wound of all,” the cleric preached. “Whatever happens in any African country, we should come together – what can we do? We should see it as if it happens in our own country.

”Joshua likened the African continent to a human body comprised of many parts, each important for successful functionality. “In the body, if anything happens to a part of it, the whole body will feel it,” he described.

Joshua frowned on the plans of several countries to repatriate citizens scared of the xenophobic violence. “Why can’t we come together and redeem our continent,” he asked.

“Africa, unite,” he passionately encouraged congregants and viewers alike. “We have a common enemy – satan! We have one enemy camouflaged differently, uniformed differently.

”The cleric also declared that God was in ‘control’ of the volatile situation in South Africa and the xenophobic violence was ‘over’.

Nearing the end of the service, Joshua was presented with a branch of an olive tree allegedly plucked from the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, Israel.

Ronny Levy Musan, an Israeli expert, said it symbolised the forging of a relationship between The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) and the holy land, after which Joshua announced to viewers he would soon begin to hold ‘revival’ services in Israel.

According to him, this would provide Christians an opportunity to not only receive prayer but visit holy sites within Israel to inspire their faith.

Joshua, who is renowned for his alleged prophetic abilities, later prophesied that a president would be ‘rushed to the hospital’, causing panic in the affected nation. He called on congregants to pray every Tuesday.

Ihechukwu Njoku – freelance Nigerian journalist

Synagogue: Foundation Not Faulty, Engineer Insists


A geotechnical engineer, Dr. Joseph Ibikunle Folayan, has told the coroner that there is no evidence to prove the collapsed Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) building was caused by a faulty or failed foundation.

He argued that his investigations show the foundation has remained solid even months after the incident, an indication that the engineers followed due process.

While undergoing cross-examination by counsel to the Lagos State Government, Akingbolahan Adeniran, Engineer Afolayan was categorical in his submission.

‘The collapse of the building of the Synagogue Church did not occur as a result of foundation failure,’ he told the court. ‘There could not have been overloading because the strength of the soil, based on the exhibits before the court, can carry that load.’

He said as an expert, his findings at the site showed that the soil and the foundation of the ill-fated building met international standards.

Having made his submission, the engineer told the magistrate that his testimony was done in good faith and with due respect to the coroner court which he described as an honourable institution.

A mild drama then ensued in court when a consultant to the Lagos State Government, Engineer Victor Olusegun Oyenuga, who had been directed by the coroner to harmonize the three different calculations tendered by himself and two other engineers representing The SCOAN and the Lagos State Ministry of Works, showed up in court with an entirely different report belonging to the Building Collapse Prevention Guild of Nigeria (BCPGN).

The SCOAN lawyer declared that a conspiracy was at play since the consultant was not eligible to harmonize the three reports as his own report was among them, adding that someone independent should have been saddled with such a task.

He also stated it was surprising the consultant did not present the assignment given to him but came with a secret report which nobody had prior access to, including court officials. He insinuated the Lagos State engineer was working alongside the BCPGN, calling into question the neutrality of the reports contents.

Chief Magistrate Oyetade initially refused to adopt the report but later accepted it when it was presented by Mr Oreoluwa Fadayomi, a representative from the BCPGN, the body originally mandated to carry out a soil test at the site of the incident. Consequently, he adjourned proceedings till Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 for cross examination of the reports.

Meanwhile, more artistes from the Nigerian entertainment industry have continued to troop to the court in solidarity with Prophet T.B. Joshua whom they described as undeserving of all the harassment being meted out to him and his ministry since the inception of the inquest.

Most of them who spoke on conditions of anonymity hailed Joshua for his charitable and spiritual endeavors. Artistes such as Zule Zoo, Konga, African China, Baba Ijesha,Kelvin Ikeduba and other top celebrities were among those present.

Nosa Osazuwa – writer from Lagos, Nigeria

Synagogue collapse: Engineer confirms foundation excellence

TB-Joshua-Synagogue-ChurchAt the continued inquest into the cause of the collapse of a building within The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) last September, an experienced engineer has dismissed insinuations that the collapse was caused by a faulty foundation.

Engr. (Dr) Joseph Ibikunle Folayan, a US-trained geo-technical engineer, told the coroner that after visiting the site of the collapsed building, there were no signs whatsoever to suggest that the building’s foundation failed.

“What I saw when I visited the scene of the collapsed building did not in any way suggest that it collapsed due to foundation failure,” Folayan, who has over 50 years of experience in his field, told the court.

“The foundation I saw was not stressed at all and there were no signs to show that it failed. However, what has happened has happened. The unfortunate incident is a wake-up call to the practice and regulation of engineering in Nigeria. We have to put our house in order and do the right thing. COREN has to sit up to its responsibilities”.

Folayan, who is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, said he was incompetent to determine whether or not the mystery aircraft that flew over the building had any direct effect on it.

Furthermore, he countered the insinuation that engineering is based on assumption, expressing disappointment that Lagos state witnesses admitted that they had based their reports on assumptions only. “That’s alien to my profession,” the immediately past President of Association of Consulting Engineers firmly stated.

Earlier on, the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning, Mr. Olutoyin Adedamola Ayinde was rebuffed for presenting mostly irrelevant documents to the court.

Most of the documents he tendered before the court were not related to the collapsed building but rather concerned other buildings within the church, especially the main auditorium. The church counsel, Olalekan Ojo, questioned the sincerity of the witness, stating that the coroner was instigated to look into the cause of the collapsed building and not other issues related to additional structures within the church

Many of the court attendants questioned why the commissioner would tender documents that had no direct bearing to the coroner, indicative of a ploy to stifle evidence.

Different stars of the Nigerian entertainment industry continued to besiege the court premises to show their support to the cleric at the center of the controversial inquest – T.B. Joshua. Hip-hop legend, Eedris Abdulkareem and ‘Lord of Ajasa’ led other artistes to the court premises where they insisted that no amount of antagonism can stop the man of God from achieving his God-given purpose on earth.

Eedris spoke glowingly about Prophet T.B. Joshua to the press after the court. “The man of God will be vindicated after the coroner because we all know he has a good conscience and is only being haunted by some people who cannot match his achievements and level of commitment to helping people,” he said, insisting that bias had no place within the Lagos State judicial system.

“What we are doing now is just a tip of the iceberg. Very soon, we will take to the streets to protest against any form of bias against the man of God. And it will be massive”.

Meanwhile, Chief Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe has adjourned proceedings to Wednesday, April 8, 2015.