Metro Pastor T. B. Joshua to be Arraigned Over Death of 116 People


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Nigeria - Pastor TB Joshua and other trustees of ‎Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) will on Monday be arraigned over the collapse of a church building which killed 116 people.

The church building had collapsed in September 2014, killing 116 people, many of them South Africans who travelled to Nigeria for the church’s service in Lagos.

The trustees will be arraigned before Justice Lawal Akapo alongside the engineers who constructed the collapsed building.

Deputy Director, Public Affairs of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Bola Akingbade, confirmed the scheduled arraignment.

The engineers, Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun, had filed two separate suits before Justice Buba seeking an order restraining the police from inviting, arresting or prosecuting them over the victims’ death.

However, Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos had dismissed the fundamental human rights enforcement suits filed by the engineers who constructed the collapsed six-storey building to stop their planned trial.

The Lagos State Government had set up a Coroner Inquest to unravel what went wrong, and in a verdict delivered on August 7, 2015, Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, the Coroner, indicted the engineers and recommended them for investigation and prosecution for criminal negligence.


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