Lagos - The appearance and testimony of the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) before a coroner would not harm him, a Federal High Court in Lagos ruled, Tuesday.
Temitope Joshua (popularly known as T.B Joshua) is billed to testify on Wednesday at an ongoing coroner’s inquest into the circumstances surrounding the collapse of a guest house in his church.
Over 115 people, mostly foreigners, died when the six-storey building belonging to the church collapsed on September 12.
Last week, Olukoya Ogungbeje, a Lagos-based lawyer, had approached the court praying for an order restraining the coroner from conducting further proceedings on the inquest.
The lawyer also sought an interim injunction restraining Joshua from appearing before the coroner.
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But on Tuesday, Ibrahim Buba, the judge, ruled that the interim injunction was not necessary since Mr. Joshua was not personally affected by the inquest.
According to the judge, Mr. Joshua is neither a party to the filed suit nor is he held in detention.
“If Ogungbeje was the party summoned before the coroner, then the issue of a restraining order will arise, but in this situation, how can I restrain the whole world?” Buba said.
“The applicant has not shown that he will suffer any danger if the restraining order is not granted, and so, I will hear this case on merit on Thursday, November 6, and I will not grant any restraining order. This is the ruling of the court.”
Tuesday’s ruling was the final nail in the coffin following weeks of scheming and strategies by Joshua’s camp to avoid him testifying before the coroner.