Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


SCOAN building collapse trial adjourned again

19 January 2016, 20:45

Lagos - A criminal negligence trial against Nigerian preacher TB Joshua over a fatal building collapse at his Lagos megachurch was adjourned on Tuesday because of a fresh challenge to the case.

Lagos high court Judge Lawal Lateef-Akapo said the case would resume on Wednesday as Joshua and trustees of his Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) had applied to halt the prosecution.

Two contractors who previously tried to obtain an injunction to prevent their arrest and prosecution were also not served with summons in time, the judge added.

"The service by the state government is a nullity. It was carried out yesterday (Monday), less than three days prescribed by law," defence lawyer Lateef Fagbemi told the court.

Also read: Five die as church collapses in Enugu

The case follows a coroner's ruling in July last year that blamed the SCOAN and two engineers for the September 12, 2014 collapse that killed 116 people, most of them South African.

The inquest verdict attributed the collapse of the six-storey guesthouse to structural failures and said it did not have planning permission.

Joshua, dubbed "The Prophet" and "Man of God" by his followers, maintains a mysterious "hovering" aircraft that was seen over the building before the tragedy, or a controlled explosion, was to blame.

He repeatedly failed to appear to give evidence at the inquest and was not present in court on Tuesday.


Tags lagos trial

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...