TB Joshua no show at church collapse hearing
JOHANNESBURG - The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (Scoan) has responded to a finding by the Lagos Coroner&39;s Court that their negligence resulted in deaths following the collapse of facilities at the church.
A Nigerian court has ruled that a TB Joshua church should be prosecuted after 116 people died in a building collapse. http://t.co/QgyYvlwsC3— BBC Africa (@BBCAfrica) July 8, 2015
The statement from Scoan&39;s legal counsel, Barr. Olalekan Ojo, said Scoan maintained it&39;s belief that the collapse was as the result of sabotage, as opposed to shoddy workmanship.
They called the coroners verdict "unreasonable, one-sided and biased".
The church said it "disagrees most vehemently with the finding that the incident was due to structural failure" and said the verdict "left many issues unaddressed and questions unanswered".
It said "The recommendation for the investigation of The SCOAN for not possessing the relevant building permits is unwarranted because it did not take into account the evidence that the church had started processing the relevant building approval before the incident."
It also noted that " the coroner recognised that the conduct of the investigation of the incident was compromised by the failure of the appropriate government agencies to take necessary steps to secure and preserve the scene of the incident, which calls into question the integrity and reliability of the entire investigation."
The statement concluded "We repeat: No matter how long a lie is sustained, the truth will someday prevail!."
*See the full statement as presented on T B Joshua Ministries Facebook page below