Contradictions, insufficient information at inquest into TB Joshua’s Church collapse

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Contradictions and insufficient information from witnesses at the inquest into the collapse of The Synagogue building last month provided strong indications that ascertaining the real cause of the collapse will be a challenging task.

At the fifth sitting of the inquest held on Thursday, 30th October, 2014, two major witnesses struggled to convince the court with their submissions on the collapsed building. While undergoing cross-examination, the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Toyin Ayinde, contradicted himself and was unable to explain why a building, which he said was not approved, could not be noticed prior to the demolition by the relevant agencies working directly under his ministry.

Under cross-examination by counsel to The SCOAN, Ojo Olalekan, Mr. Adedamola had agreed that the building, going by the first CCTV footage he watched, collapsed symmetrically typical of induced or controlled demolition. Moments later, while being cross-examined by counsel to the state, Akingbolahon Adeniran, he contradicted his earlier stance, claiming that after a second look at the CCTV footage, he had discovered that the building collapsed asymmetrically typical of structurally-deficient buildings.

Furthermore, he agreed that a lack of building approval bears no semblance to its structural integrity. He said, “That a building does not have a plan is not a determinant of structural defects because there are buildings with plans officially that have collapsed. Yes, a building in Jakande Estate, Isolo recently collapsed due to structural defects even though it had a duly approved plan. When I watched the clips of the collapsed Synagogue building before the commencement of the coroner’s inquest, the building fell in one swoop which is typical of symmetric fall. I have heard of induced demolition but haven’t seen one before. In induced demolition, the building falls symmetrically as against asymmetric collapse, where a building falls due to structural defects. By this, the building collapses from the weakest point. However, the building I watched collapse in the CCTV footage didn’t tilt towards any weaker part”.

Concerning the allegation that officials of LASEMA and NEMA were prevented from entering the scene of the incident, the Commissioner admitted that the agencies were duty-bound to identify themselves properly to the appropriate authorities owing to the emergency nature of the incident: “I agree that the police have the right to monitor movement within and outside the scene of the incident and that the government agencies are obliged to identify themselves. However, I can’t confirm that they did this since I was not at the scene of the incident on the first day”.

On his own part, the Surveyor General of Lagos State, Mr. Joseph Olorunyomi, stated that the aircraft seen flying close to the ill-fated building at The SCOAN several times on the day of the incident was actually flying far above the church and thus was not linked to its collapse.

However, during cross examination by counsel to The SCOAN, Ojo Olalekan, he admitted that his report emanated from documental data sent to him by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authorities (NCAA) and the Commissioner of Physical Planning and Urban Development. He also confessed that since the day of the incident, he had not once visited the site of the collapsed building: “I didn’t visit the site neither did I send officials to the scene to investigate so as to form the basis of my report. I only relied on information given to me by NCAA and other relevant Lagos State agencies”.

The court was adjourned until November 5th 2014 when the inquest would hear from more witnesses.

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10 Responses to Contradictions, insufficient information at inquest into TB Joshua’s Church collapse

  1. The truth is begining to unfold. That building collapsed due to induced demolition by very powerful electromagnetic waves. SCOAN have got money and they give out millions of dollars in aid to the poor every now and then. They cannot affort to build a sub standard building just to save money.

    Elijah
    November 5, 2014 at 3:17 am
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  2. remember that God is watching and whoever did that wil never go unpunished.

    drugz
    November 5, 2014 at 6:13 am
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  3. Emmanuel, Emmanuel, Emmanuel!

    China
    November 5, 2014 at 11:24 am
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    • Yessssssss baby… deeper!! Ohhhhh uhmmmmmmmm yesssssssssssss Ohhhhhhhh uhhhhhhhh YES!!! I’m coming!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Emmanuel
      November 6, 2014 at 2:21 pm
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  4. Who ever did that, God is watching him, that was a controlled demolition

    Gilbert
    November 6, 2014 at 7:33 am
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  5. I strongly agree with my Prophet…”no matter how long a lie is sustained, truth will prevail” Emmanuel!

    christian
    November 6, 2014 at 10:23 am
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  6. Emmanuel is my MUZUNGU lover boys first name… i also call his name when I’m about to “explode”
    Tb. Joshua LIKULUKU

    Down with TB Joshua
    November 6, 2014 at 2:18 pm
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  7. Wasting peoples time, the building was the work of the devil. But what suprised me is that the might whole of TB prophet josua fail to see this coming to his own house yet he tells when a sick president is about to die. In the last days may prophets will come claiming they are from god yet comes from Satan. The man is a fluke and I hav no respect fo false prophecy now a lucrative business in Nigeria.

    simon
    November 6, 2014 at 7:02 pm
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  8. Simon the way you talk like you seem to hate the truth. You remind me of a person who was told this colour is blue but the friend says no it is red. Truly Simon you know beyond reasonable doubt that blue is different from red colour. Why then cant you accept reality. TB Joshua is a prophet nothing will change that truth whether he was not able to see or foretell his own building or not that does not change the fact that he is still a prophet. Why is it that a doctor when he is sick he consults fell doctors for medication? Simon work up please leave the man of God alone period.

    Truth-digger

    Truth-digger
    November 7, 2014 at 7:12 am
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    • The truth is, he prophesied this but the congregation could not understand him. Just watch Emmanuel tv.

      Mark
      November 8, 2014 at 5:39 pm
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