Coroner ruling on Nigerian church collapse

By Editorial Board - 12 July 2015 at 11:20 am

The coroner, conducting the investigation into the collapse of the Nigerian Synagogue Church of All Nations building, has said it was due to the “criminal negligence” of the church. The corner has called for the church to be prosecuted for the collapse of the building.

September 2014, the guest house of the church collapsed, killing 116 people, many of whom were South African who were staying there in order to attend the church’s services.

The Nigerian evangelist, TB Joshua, who is regarded as a prophet by his followers and believed to be able to heal people from all types of illnesses, heads the church reported the BBC.

After the ruling was announced the church issued a statement saying it was “unreasonable, one-sided and biased.”

“The church disagrees most vehemently with the finding that the incident was due to structural failure.”

“No matter how long a lie is sustained, the truth will someday prevail.”

Will Ross, the BBC Nigeria correspondent, reported that the verdict issued by the coroner was a recommendation and that the Lagos state’s director of public prosecutions will decide what legal action will be taken.

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