Following the verdict passed by the Lagos Coroner after months of inquest sitting, Nigerians and foreigners sympathizing with the church and their spiritual leader have openly criticized the court's ruling.
Foreigners criticize Coroner's verdict on T.B. Joshua's church
The coroner said the church, owned by popular televangelist, T.B Joshua, should be investigated and prosecuted for failing to obtain the relevant approval before embarking on the construction of the building
The magistrate, Oyetade Komolafe on Wednesday, July 8 ruled that the church’s “criminal negligence” led to the incident which killed 116 people and injuring over 100 others. Over 80 people who died were South Africans.
The coroner said the church, owned by popular televangelist, T.B Joshua, should be investigated and prosecuted for failing to obtain the relevant approval before embarking on the construction of the building.
However, the legal counsel, Barr. Olalekan Ojo, speaking on behalf of T.B. Joshua and SCOAN, said the ruling is unacceptable because it was filled with bias and the inquiry into the collapse was one sided.
According to Synagogue reporter, Ihechukwu Njoku, foreigners aren't happy with the verdict T.B Joshua got from Lagos state government and took to social media to vent their frustration...
Thousands of foreign supporters of Nigerian Pastor T.B. Joshua have taken to Facebook to express their dismay and disgust at the controversial verdict released by the Lagos coroner's court which ruled the fatal collapse of a building at the cleric's church last year was due to structural defaults.
"Do you know what this verdict will cost Nigerians both at home and abroad," wrote a fan from America who gave his name as 'Freedom'. "The Nigerian government should know the whole world has seen the footage of what happened in the incident. You cannot hide the truth."
"I am a lawyer and I must say that indeed the coroner panel was biased," wrote John Mooney, an Australian. "The Lord shall vindicate you and the entire church," he added, commenting on the official statement released by The SCOAN which rejected the coroner's outcome as 'one-sided' and 'unreasonable'.
Morcie Tulloch, a Jamaican, stated, "This attack on your ministry is an indication that you are impacting the kingdom of darkness not only with your deliverance and healing ministries but your love and care for the poor and suffering."
"What else do we expect from the so called coroner," wrote Peter from United Kingdom. "The same people who masterminded the controlled demolition of the SCOAN guest house are also behind the coroner's unholy verdict," he adamantly assisted.
John Parker, an American, stated, "The truth will eventually be revealed and may God have mercy on those who would bear false witness against a man of God!"
"Why is a bombed building said to have collapsed due to poor workmanship," commented Zgambo Binford, a Kenyan-based Malawian. "I now see why us Africans are 1000s of years behind Westerners."
Dee Kivido from Holland was insistent that it was not a case of structural failure. "The way that building came down is CLEAR to anyone even with minimum construction knowledge that it was not caused by structural defects," she stated. "I am a woman in construction and can attest to this."
"Nigeria should know that human rights activists will not rest this case until justice is done," added Matt Weller, a social activist from Germany. "The Nigerian government will be made to pay for this monumental cover-up," he heatedly declared.
"This is further proof that the church is being attacked by darkness throughout the world," wrote AmericanCindi Sherstad, comparing The SCOAN verdict with the recent decision of the US Supreme Court to approve same-sex marriage.
"I pray that calmness shall come over this situation," wrote Christian-Elizbe van Schalkwyk from South Africa, assuring Joshua that South Africans were behind him and his ministry.
115 people perished, the majority of them being foreign pilgrims, when a guesthouse within The SCOAN collapsed on September 12th 2014. Joshua has maintained his stance that the church was attacked.
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