Thursday, 30 October 2014
TB Joshua’s Collapsed Building Was Illegal – Lagos Commissioner
Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Toyin Ayinde, has claimed that the SCOAN guest house, which collapsed September 12 leaving 116 people dead, was illegal.
According to The Nation, it was revealed during the Thursday Coroner hearing on the incident in Lagos.
Ayinde said that no approval was provided for the building at all, while the church building itself has 3 illegally erected floors.
He also said that based on the CCTV footage shown by the church, he noticed the building fell symmetrically.
After the September tragedy a lot of accusations were made both from the side of Lagos State authorities and the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) founded by pastor T.B. Joshua.
The officials insisted that the incident was caused by illegal erection of 3 extra floors in the guest house, which caused the collapse. At the same time the clergyman opposed it was an attack on his church and provided the video showing a strange aircraft hovering above the building hours before the tragedy.
The scandal escalated as the prophet was accused of bribing journalists for the latter to write in a positive key about him and his church.
Nigerians split over the matter: some demanded for Joshua’s arrest and the others expressed support towards the cleric describing the attacks on him as an attempt to break the man of God.
The hearing continues, and T.B. Joshua is to testify on November 5.