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Building collapse: T.B. Joshua, contractor face coroner Nov 5

The founder and General Overseer of the
Synagogue Church of All Nations, Pastor T.B.
Joshua, has been slated to appear before the
coroner investigating the cause of the church’s
building that collapsed on September 12, 2014.
Joshua will be appearing on November 5, 2014
alongside the contractor handling the collapsed
six-storey building. No fewer than 115 died in the
collapsed building.
The coroner, Magistrate O.A. Komolafe, during the
sitting of the court on Friday, stated that the
appearance of the church’s founder was
important to the findings of the court.
Though counsel to the church, Mr. Jude Nnadi,
said Joshua’s appearance would not be necessary
because he was not an eyewitness to the incident,
Komolafe insisted that he must appear.
The magistrate, who said he had heard that
Joshua had addressed the press at various times,
said he must also appear before the court to give
evidence.
Komolafe said, “We have heard that he has been
addressing the press at various times, let him
come and address the court.
“The court has summoned him, let him come and
tell us what he knows. He cannot sit over there
and be sending words to us that he cannot come.
“The court has said that for the purpose of what
we are doing that he should come over.”
Meanwhile, a Chief Operational Officer with the
Lagos State Fire Service, Adebayo Musiliu, told the
court on Friday that his observation revealed that
the building did not collapse as a result of
explosion.
Musiliu, who said he has 34 years of experience in
rescue operation, insisted that there was nothing
to suggest that the accident occurred as a result
of explosion.
He said, “All the bodies recovered were not
dismembered or burnt. There were also no
scattered bricks. The floors and pillars were also
not shattered; rather the six-storey collapsed on
top of each other. The collapsed building did not
depict any sign of explosion or implosion.”

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