Building Collapse: Court To Decide On T.B. Joshua’s Application

An objection challenging the witness summons served on Prophet Temitope Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN by a Coroner seeking to unveil the cause of the collapse of a six-storey building belonging to the church would be decided on March 6, 2015.

 

The general Overseer wants the court to determine whether the Oyetade Komolafe-led coroner had not gone beyond its legally allowed scope by issuing a witness summon on him over the matter.

 

In the application made through his lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Joshua argued that the coroner is limited to only determine the cause of death of the about 116 victims who lost their lives in the tragedy last year.

 

Again, Joshua argued that since there is no material fact against him before the court the summon is therefore a breach of his right to fair hearing and should be jettisoned.

 

Justice Lateefa Okunnu of the Ikeja high court had fixed Tuesday, March 3 for the determination, but said on Tuesday that she needed to be addressed on the subject matter – whether the coroner was a juristic entity that could be sued.

 

Okunnu who adjourned the ruling till March 6 instructed both parties to present their arguments to assist her in deciding on the matter.

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