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Joshua’s Coroner Witness Hearing Postponed As Witness Alleges Attack On The Church

By Ayo Balogun, Lagos – A Lagos High court has adjourned till January 12, 2015 further hearing on the suit filed by the Founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations, Pastor T.B Joshua, seeking court to rule against his summon by the Lagos State Coroner, Toyin Ayinde.

TB Joshua

TB Joshua

Justice Lateefat Okunnu gave the ruling Monday as the Cleric prayed the court to strike out the Coroner’s invitation to him, as a witness on the September 12, 2014 collapse of a church building in the expansive complex of the Synagogue Church in Ikotun, a Lagos suburb. Over 115 worshippers died in the collapse in which South Africa recorded highest casualties.

The Jurist informed that the adjournment was to give enough time to the defendant – the State Government, to respond to further affidavit, filed by Pastor Joshua’s Counsel, Barrister Lateef Fagbemi.

Meanwhile, another witness Biedomo Igunuwei told the Coroner, Monday that the structure came down due to a weaponized infrasound sound, which was fired by an object similar to plane at the six-storey structure.

Igunuwei explained that the infrasonic weapons with a low sound radiation was used as instrument to inflict structural damages and destruction to objects, which was the reason why the building crumbled after its release.

While the footages of the collapse were played before the Coroner, the witness who is a Chemist by profession affirmed that “infrasonic pulse” determined the uniformity in manner the building was brought down.

The witness, who confessed he had never seen an infrasonic weapon before, nor has he ever used it, added the weapon could be fired from any flying object or from a location with distance of between 100 metres and 1,000 metres away from the target object.

He also said his account was corroborated by his visit to the scene of the collapse and personal assessment of the damages.


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