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5 things you didn't know about TB Joshua

18 September 2014, 10:07

Abuja - On Friday a building belonging to the Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) collapsed killing 67 South Africans visiting the church.

The enigmatic leader of the church, Prophet TB Joshua, has claimed it might have something to do with the presence of an aircraft that flew low over the building before the collapse.

This strange claim is only the latest in the controversial prophet's storied past.

Here are five things you didn't know about the pastor.

1. He blames building's collapse on ‘strange aircraft’

Joshua has reacted to the tragic collapse of his church’s building by pointing to the appearance of an unidentified aircraft moments before the multi-storey guest house crashed into dust.

In the church's statement, it is mentioned the aircraft flew over the building four times before it disappeared.

One South African visitor, Shadrack Mamzini, caught the aircraft on camera before the collapse and reported that the plane had an unusual appearance unlike a normal passenger plane.

2. This is not the first time it has happened

According to SCOAN's website, the church had been "attacked" three times before at previous locations. On previous occasions, one building's roof had been blown off by the wind, another had been flooded while the previous one also collapsed due to severe weather.

3. He is super rich

According to a report by Forbes magazine, Joshua has amassed a personal fortune of $10 million – $15 million as the leader of the congregation he founded in 1987.

4. He wasn't born like the rest of us

The church claims Joshua spent 15 months in the womb before he was born in the village of Arigidi, Nigeria on June 12, 1963. It is also claimed his birth had been part of a prophecy a century before his eventual "miraculous" arrival, BuzzNigeria reports.

5. He bottles and sells 'the blood of Jesus'

According to the TB Joshua Watch blog, the pastor sells a line of bottled water marked as "the blood of Jesus."

The blog says the product also falsely claims to be for "the salvation of your soul."

Watch a video of the "strange aircraft" and the building's collapse here:

- News24 Nigeria

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