As article after article is published about Prophet T.B. Joshua in the wake of his tragic church building collapse, the prejudice and bias unashamedly displayed by the coroner and the media have finally compelled us to stay in a rented flat near the Ikeja High Court to make sure that I don’t miss any of the hearings to complete our investigative journalism.
Members of the public and other interested parties attending the hearing of the “TB Joshua collapsed building” inquest have voiced out their reservations about the BIASED MANNER in
Chief Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe
which the magistrate seems to be handling proceedings at the inquest. Some of them who spoke to the TB Joshua Fans UK on conditions of anonymity complainant of the magistrate’s partial disposition. They observed that he was always visibly ruthless on witnesses who gave evidence which seemed to shore up the controlled demolition theory. Stella Wood said his character was suggestive of a calculated attempt by the state to persecute a particular party. You’ll recollect what TB Joshua said during his 3rd Sunday Service after the incident that is a group of people behind the collapse of the building, which has given us a clue to those involved in the orchestration of the SCOAN incident on the 12th Sept, 2014 Please read our previous post to see what we wrote about the “coroner”
The Director in charge of the Inspectorate and Compliance at Standard Organisation of Nigeria, Engineer Bede Obayi. According to him, iron rod samples taken for test at different laboratories showed that they were good and met the standard requirement. Engineer Obayi also expressed surprise about the speed at which the building collapsed, fueling speculations that the controlled demolition theory was indeed plausible.
“Candidly, I am surprised at the rate and speed the building collapsed. It’s quite unusual and I believe it should be investigated. I also admit that the result of the test conducted on the debris is suspect. Due to the technicality involved, our investigation is inconclusive. I was not involved in the observation neither did I participate in the conduct of the test. I don’t even know any of the people saddled with the responsibility of conducting the test. We went to test in three labs and the final reports indicated that most of the materials used in the Synagogue building met our standard requirements. All the sources used were also approved SON sources.”
You should have seen the face of the Coroner at this stage, when the statement made! If looks could kill Engineer Bede Obayi would have died in the witness box from the way he was looked by the coroner.
Police investigator, Olushola Agboyi, deputy superintendent of police, Homicide Section, Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba, Lagos, disclosed this while testifying before the coroner’s inquest investigating the collapse. He said the saboteur who may have operated undetected could have used explosives or chemical substances to bring down the building.
The police officer said that his investigation revealed that the aircraft was on a circuit training mission and was flying very low. He, however noted that building collapse could have been an act of sabotage. Led in evidence by the Police counsel, Chukwu Agwu, the witness said he led the team that investigated the collapse and was also a member of the Federal Government’s panel.
At this juncture the following has been asked by a 90 year old resident of Ikotun Egbe and it requires answers.
- When did a residential area become an air force training area?
- I have lived here in Ikotun before the Lagos airport was built in 1969 and flight has flown over Ikotun from the East. Why did the jet come from the west?
- Why flying over that particular building
My concern is the prejudiced media reports circulating within the public domain, intolerant headlines such as ‘Is TB Joshua about to be arrested?’ incensing a barrage of spiteful comments online. Why is it that such positive aspects of Joshua’s ministry have been sneakily excluded in the majority of news?.
Yes, T.B. Joshua is controversial, unconventional and unpredictable, but that is no reason for the media to add needless sensationalism to a story that is already tragic enough. This is not a time to debate Joshua’s authenticity,but to mourn with our brothers and sisters whose lives were lost.