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Synagogue Crisis: Joshua Fails To Meet Coroner

Synagogue Crisis: Joshua Fails To Meet Coroner

The founder, Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet Temitope Joshua, on Wednesday failed to appear before the coroner, Magistrate O. A. Komolafe, probing the cause of the September 12 building collapse in the church.

The church lawyer, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, told the coroner that Joshua failed to appear before the coroner because he was not served any summon.

Consequently, Komolafe said another appearance date would be given to Joshua when the court reconvenes on Thursday (today).

Joshua had been slated to appear before the coroner on Wednesday along with the contractor who built the collapsed six-storey building.

But speaking for them, Ojo told the court that neither the prophet nor the contractor had received any invitation from the court.

He said he saw the need to set the record straight in order not to cause confusion and following a warning by the magistrate that the instrumentality of the law would be invoked against any invited witness who fails to appear.

Ojo said, “May I with respect inform this court that as at today no summons to appear before this honourable court has been personally served on Prophet T.B. Joshua.

“I do not want a situation where this court might be misled to believe that a witness summons has been served on the prophet. Monday was the first time that the bailiff of the court attempted to effect service on Prophet T.B. Joshua but unfortunately the prophet was not around.

“Being the chief mourner he had been getting in touch with families of those who lost their loved ones.”

According to Ojo, all that the bailiff was able to achieve was to give the summons to one of the church’s evangelists, which he said was not the same thing as serving Joshua in his personal capacity.

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