Controversy shrouds TB Joshua building collapse
from HENRY IFEANYI in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS – THE collapse of a six-storey building structure inside the church premises of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, founded by Prophet TB Joshua, is generating controversy across the country.
The building believed to be housing hundreds of local and foreign visitors
to the church, collapsed on Friday killing over 40 persons with scores
Rescue efforts are still ongoing to save many people believed to be
trapped under the rubble of the collapse building.
Reacting to incident, TB Joshua told his congregation on Sunday that the
building collapse was a direct attack on him by the Boko Haram terrorist
The prophet told members of his church that the attack at his church was
targeted at him and not at them.
He used footages on the Emmanuel TV to explain the events shortly before
and after the accident as captured by the church’s CCTV.
“I received a phone call immediately I got here, just 10 minutes later
when I was in the church, that there was a jet hovering over the mountain
where I had just left.
“They said it was hovering at a close range. Before I knew it, I received another phone call that the same jet was now at the church hovering over the building, passing it four times at a very close range before the building collapsed,” the famous said.
Joshua read to the church a letter which he said was addressed to him by a
Boko Haram member, confessing how he had attempted to plant a bomb inside the church.
Joshua said his church was attacked to scare away members.
“This environment at Ikotun Egbe, we have never witnessed an accident of a building collapse. This is a very stable terrain. I have been here for the
past 30 years. I am pregnant with words, but we have left the security
agencies to do their job. Let us believe and educate our people and be
Assuring his congregation that God would bring the perpetrators of the
attack to book, Joshua said that the decision of the insurgents to focus
on his church might be the end of the Boko Haram’s activities in the
TB Joshua claims is coincidental coming with the sudden disappearance of a military fighter jet used to fighting the Boko Haram sect.
Meanwhile, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information,
said at the same time the building collapse an Air Force jet, marked NAF
466, disappeared from the radar.
Olukolade explained that the plane with only two crew members on board
“left Yola at about 10:45am on September12, 2014 on a routine operational
mission and was expected back by 12 noon same day. Since then, all efforts
to establish contact with the aircraft have not yielded any positive
Neither the army spokesperson nor the aviation authority has however said anything about citing any strange or unidentified plane within the Lagos airspace.
This has greatly punctured TB Joshua claim, especially since his church is
located few kilometres from the airport where radar detecting machine
would have picked up a flying object within the area.
Moreover there was no reported explosion prior to the church building
Many believe that the man of God may be trying to dodge liability for the
defective building structure which the state government said it never gave
approval for its construction.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning, Toyin Ayinde, in an
initial report said that the collapsed building had no government approval
for its construction.
He observed that the building was initially a two-storey building until
the church management decided to mount four more storey to the structure.
Ayinde said that records in his office shows that no permit was handed to
the civil engineers for the building to be erected.
He said he was awaiting the church engineers to present the building
permit they were given to erect the collapsed building.
– CAJ News
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