Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo of a High Court in Lagos has dismissed the applications filed by Prophet T.B. Joshua of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) to stop his trial and that of his church over the collapse of building housing members of the church two years ago.
The Judge ordered, Tuesday, for the immediate arraignment of the trustees of the SCOAN alongside two engineers and their company that was found to be culpable in the September 12th, 2014 building collapse that killed 116 persons within the premises of the church in Lagos.
The church lawyers have argued that the collapse was due to a “strange craft hovering” over the building.
The Coroner, Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe had however established that contrary to claims by the Synagogue Church, the collapse was because the church illegally added floors in the building without approval of the plan by the authorities. The Coroner had then recommended immediate prosecution of Synagogue Church’s trustees and engineers.
Throughout the inquest, Prophet Joshua failed to show up at the hearing while working hard to scuttle prosecution using various courts in Lagos.
After dismissing the preliminary applications by Synagogue Church Tuesday, Justice Lawal-Akapo ordered that the accused to be prosecuted immediately.