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TB Joshua Asks Court to Stop Inquest Into Collapsed Guest House

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The founder, Synagogue Church Of All Nations, Prophet Temitope Joshua, on Friday asked an Ikeja High Court to stop the ongoing coroner’s inquest into the September 12th collapsed building in the church.

Olalekan Ojo, the counsel to Joshua, in application before the coroner, said the suit was before Justice Lateefat Okunnu.

Ojo asked the coroner, Oyetade Komolafe, to suspend further proceedings on the inquest, pending when the court would either uphold or reject Joshua’s prayers.

“My Lord, most respectfully, we have applied for a judicial review of the proceedings of this honourable court so far.

“We may be right, we may be wrong.

“But, what we are saying is that this coroner court has been extending and it is still extending its inquisitions into areas outside the statutory jurisdiction of the coroner court.

“What we are saying is, if the High Court agrees with us to set aside such portions of the proceedings that it adjudges to have been conducted in excess of jurisdiction, it should prohibit the coroner from further acting in excess of its jurisdiction.

“The strict scope of the coroner’s inquest is ascertaining the cause and the manner of death.

“It will be in the best interest of all of us if the High Court agrees with us,” Ojo said.

He also urged the coroner to accord the High Court respect and dignity by not taking any further action that could prejudice the suit before the judge.

Responding, Komolafe said he had not been served with any court process.

Komolafe said he was not obliged to suspend sittings till the High Court’s decision came, adding that nobody should create impression that the inquest was a trial court.

He said that it was only self-restraint and the spirit of fairness that was preventing him from issuing a bench warrant against Joshua for failing to appear before the court.

“Let me give this to you, so that you don’t create the impression to the world that anybody is after anybody, because, in fact, you saw me writing; it is the bench warrant for that man.

“But you see, let me give him a long rope to pull.

“The court cannot be taken for granted and nobody, I repeat, nobody can do that, not even him. I just want you to advise him accordingly.

“I don’t even need to listen to this application, just to tell you that nobody is being prosecuted or being put on trial.

“The point I want to make is that, that fellow, whoever, he is, he is not above the laws of the land and he dare not try it.

“Take that message back to him, that not on earth should he try to rubbish the court and never on earth should he try to use his hand to touch the sword of the state because if he does, he would have himself to blame.

“What I am saying is that Joshua should respect himself and not drag the law of the land into the mud,” he said.

The coroner, therefore, adjourned further hearing till December 3rd.

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9 Comments

  1. Iris

    November 22, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I don’t understand TB Joshua’s application. Someone with better grammar skills or legal knowledge should please explain to me (I’m actually serious). His council is saying the coroner’s investigation should only look into the cause and manner of death. In the course of doing that they have to look into what caused the building to collapse, right? What are the things they are looking into that he thinks are excessive? All of this is story. They’ve started! Honestly, if this investigations is aborted I think the South African government should take some form of diplomatic action against Nigeria. Wetin?

    • slice

      November 22, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      i don’t think requiring TB Joshua to appear before him is actually within this coroner’s authority. i think the coroner is out of order. TB and his church are definitely facing some kind of legal liability in this case. of course, the lawyers will want to shield them from speaking. you can’t legally force self incrimination…even in Nigeria.

    • NagosBigBoi

      November 23, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      I was under the impression that men like TBJ abide by laws that are more stringent than man can enact (spiritual death vs. corporal death). If so why fear any court? What is the worst than can happen – some people spend time in jail or the church gets a huge financial judgement against them. What does it profit a church if it gains all the legal advantages and losses its name? Let a religious organization stand for what it preaches – do not fear the truth!

  2. Iris

    November 22, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    investigation*

  3. @Jamce

    November 23, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    @slice, may we also be educated as to the legal basis for your position that the coroner does not have the authority to require the appearance of TB Joshua. Perhaps, an inquest or investigation into causes of death or other cases can be done without the dramatis personae either as principal actors, agents, witnesses, culprits, victims, materials or events that led to or caused the deaths.

  4. Halia

    November 24, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Something has always seemed off about him… Not sure what exactly.

  5. elgy

    November 24, 2014 at 8:50 am

    HoHoHo this is a time for us in the whole world to watch if Nigeria is a reckless nation or not. If I were them, I would be the first to go to court and get light of the accident and avoid more stats victims next time because after the court I would know what happen. The world also will learn

  6. elgy

    November 24, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Legal expert pls help: Is it possible for a family member of the victim to open court case that can prosecute tbj? Consider that person is not rich and lives in South Africa.

  7. teddy

    November 26, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    The most important African ever,T.B Joshua, is being persecuted by his countryman. the building collapsed.yes. people died yes and do our best to ensure it does not repeat and also that the bereaved are well catered for. Remember we are Africans. once you start wanting to mix this with the Western ideology you dis-focus your best and remain in the dust. lets rally behind TB Joshua. Now tell me, what happened to the white policeman who shot a black man in Ferguson. Africans when we have buds of glory lets not trodden them.
    the next thing you will hear TB Joshua is now an American Citizen. then what do you do. remember all blackks good in certain things are residents Not of African countries.

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