TB Joshua blasts fake prophets, says they are after money.

The founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, Prophet TB Joshua, has bemoaned the rise in fake pastors and prophets in Malawi.

 

The prophet made this known in a message through Malawi’s Apostle Linette Matope, during discussions at the SCOAN in Nigeria.

 

According to Malawi24 News, Joshua told Matope that despite the fact that Malawi was a God fearing country, it had a lot of fake prophets.

 

He said it was contributing to the poverty in that country.

 

The message reads: “Joshua says Malawi is really a God fearing country but there are more prophets and pastors who are after money and not to serve which is disappointing.

 

“The man of God has urged people in the country to refrain from false prophets and pastors,” Matope was quoted as saying.

Controversy trails death of Synagogue Church worshippers

Police have dismissed a report that three worshippers of The Synagogue Church of All Nations died at the Church premises Saturday.

Dolapo Badmus, the Lagos police spokesperson, said the deaths occurred in a hotel and that bodies of the victims had been sent for autopsy.

“They didn’t die at the church premises,” Ms. Badmus, a Superintendent of Police, told PREMIUM TIMES on Monday. “They are church members. They came for service but died in a hotel.”

But according to the Punch newspaper, at least three worshippers were confirmed dead at the church’s premises following a stampede that occurred during a special healing service last Saturday.

The newspaper listed the dead to include Emeka Okonkwo, Emmanuel Oherin, and a third victim who is yet to be identified.

The newspaper also quoted a witness as saying that the incident happened at about 4.30a.m.

“It was the church’s annual deliverance and healing programme,” the paper quoted the witness as saying.

“Usually at this time, the church becomes a beehive of activities as people come in their thousands to see the prophet for miracles.

“People lodge in different hotels surrounding the church. And they all arrive at the church very early.

“There is a canopy on the premises where worshippers are screened before they see the man of God.

“However, on Saturday, after being screened, the crowd was much and they started struggling through the doorway to see the prophet. In the process, three people collapsed. They were rushed to the Isolo General Hospital, where they were confirmed dead.”

The police spokesperson’s comment contradicted the response this newspaper got when it called a phone number listed on the church’s official website.

“Nothing like that happened, a lady who answered the call said when asked about the worshippers’ death claims.

“No one died. Please ignore such rumour. Thank you.”

Temitope Joshua (popularly known as TB Joshua), the church’s founder is yet to comment on the incident through his favourite medium of communication, the church’s official Facebook page, as at Monday morning.

Saturday’s incident came just as another tragedy occurred in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, where a Reigners Bible Church building, filled to capacity, collapsed killing at least 50 people.

In 2014, a five-storey building under construction at the Synagogue church collapsed as three additional floors were being added to the original two-storey structure, killing 115 people.

Synagogue: Lagos Court Fixes Engineers’ Trial For June 3

An Ikeja High Court has fixed June 3 for the trial of the two engineers who constructed the collapsed seven-storey guest house of the Synagogue Church of All Nations at Ikotun, a Lagos suburb.

 

The defendants are Akinbela Fatiregun and Oladele Ogundeji.

 

Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo adjourned the case to give the Defence more time to study the proof of evidence filed by the Prosecution. “The trial will have to be adjourned to enable the Defence to study the proof of evidence. “This case is hereby adjourned to Friday, June 3, 2016 at 10.00 a.m.,” Lawal-Akapo ruled. Earlier, Mrs Idowu Alakija, the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), informed the court that she had just filed the proof of evidence and requested that the trial should continue. “My Lord, we have filed an additional proof of evidence, we were not able to file all that was contained in the list of exhibits. “I request a stand down to give the Defence the opportunity to look through the proof of evidence that we filed to enable us continue the trial immediately.”

 

Mr Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), a defence counsel representing the trustees of Synagogue, however, objected to Alakija’s request for a stand down.

He said: “My Lord, I salute your ruling of May 23. It was only this morning that the additional proof of evidence was filed. “A stand down would not work because I need at least a day to study the proof of evidence and it involves us calling in experts to analyse it which will aid our cross-examination. “Please give us the opportunity like you have been giving us to exercise the right to fair hearing.”

 

Also the engineers alongside their companies — Hardrock Construction and Engineering Company and Jandy Trust Ltd and the trustees — are facing a 111-count charge of gross negligence and criminal manslaughter. The collapsed guest house led to the death of 116 persons on Sep. 12, 2014, 85 of who were South Africans. At the last hearing of the case on May 23, a witness, Mr Adebayo Olayinka, was prevented from giving evidence by the Defence because his statement was not frontloaded by the prosecution. Justice Lawal-Akapo had ruled that the prosecution should file all their proof of evidence before the next date of adjournment.

 

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Court Fixes Feb 18 For TB Joshua, Engineers’ Arraignment

A Lagos State High Court in Ikeja on Monday fixed February 18, 2016 for the arraignment of the Registered Trustees of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, founded by Prophet T.B. Joshua.

 

The defendants were charged before Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo on one count of building without the approval of the Lagos State Government.

 

The said building collapsed on September 12, 2014 leading to the death of 116 persons.

 

Also to be arraigned on 110 counts of involuntary manslaughter are the two engineers who built the collapsed building, Messrs Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun.

 

Justice Lawal-Akapo fixed the arraignment date on Monday after he dismissed an application by the engineers challenging the manner by which the charge sheet was served on them.

 

The engineers had also described the charge filed against them by Lagos State Government as an abuse of court processes, saying Justice Ibrahim Buba of Federal High Court in Lagos had on December 2,2016 restrained the state Attorney General from prosecuting them pending an appeal they filed at the Court of Appeal.

But in his ruling on Monday, Justice Lawal-Akapo dismissed the application for lacking in merit.

The judge affirmed the argument of the Lagos State, through its Director Public Prosecutions, Mrs. Idowu Alakija that the engineers were properly served with the charge sheet by substituted means.

Justice Lawal-Akapo discountenanced the order granted the engineers on December 2, 2015 by Justice Buba, restraining the Lagos State Attorney General prosecuting pending their appeal.

 

Justice Lawal-Akapo said both the Lagos State and the Federal High Courts were courts of coordinate jurisdiction, stressing that Justice Buba’s order could not stop the proceedings before him.

He held, “The order of a high court cannot be binding on another high court, be it federal or state because they are both courts of coordinate jurisdictions.

“The order of Buba J. cannot bind this court and cannot stop these proceedings.

“I find no merit in the two applications and they hereby dismissed.”

 

The engineers and the Registered Trustees of SCOAN had on July 8, 2015 been implicated over the collapsed six-story building by a Lagos State Coroner Court, presided by Mr. Oyetade Komolafe.

 

As opposed to the defendants’ argument that the building was sabotaged, Komolafe, had linked the collapse to structural failure.

 

He had therefore recommended that the church be investigated and prosecuted for building without the state’s approval.

 

He also recommended that the engineers be investigated and prosecuted for criminal negligence for the death of the 116 persons who perished in the collapsed building.

 

The state in its argument, however, said it is not prosecuting the church and the engineers based on the coroner’s verdict but the investigation carried out by the police.

 

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Coroner Accuses Synagogue Of Criminal Negligence, Says They Should Prosecuted

A coroner on Wednesday said a megachurch run by popular Nigerian preacher TB Joshua should be prosecuted after a building collapse killed 116 people, most of them South Africans.

“The church must be investigated and prosecuted for not obtaining the relevant approval before embarking on the construction of the building,” Oyetade Komolafe said in his ruling on last year’s tragedy.

“The church was culpable because of criminal negligence resulting in the death of the victims.”

The coroner’s inquest was called to determine the circumstances of the collapse of the guesthouse for foreign followers of Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) on September 12 last year.

Komolafe also dismissed Joshua’s claims in his ruling, which recorded that the victims likely died from multiple injuries, including fractured skulls, caused by the collapse.

“The collapse was as a result of structural failures,” he said, calling for the prosecution of the two engineers used by the church.

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Coroner Delivers Verdict Today On Synagogue Building Collapse

Baring any unforeseen circumstances, the coroner inquest into the Synagogue collapse building will today deliver its final verdict at the Coroner court, Ikeja.

The coroner court, presided over by Chief Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, fixed the July date after parties in the quest had adopted their final written addresses earlier submitted to the court.

The Lagos State Government had inaugurated the Coroner’s Inquest under the state Coroner’s System Law No.7 of 2007 to investigate the cause and circumstances resulting in the death of 166 people following the building collapse of September 12, 2014, and bring its findings and recommendations to the appropriate authorities.

For the period the inquest lasted, the General Overseer and founder of Synagogue, Prophet Temitope Joshua, who was summoned by the coroner refused to show up.

Instead, Joshua challenged the jurisdiction of the court by filing an application dated November 11, 2014 and marked ID/188MJR/2014 before the High Court, seeking a judicial review of the Coroner’s Inquest into the September 12, 2014 collapse.

He had asked the court to declare that the coroner had exceeded its  court jurisdiction by delving into areas beyond its scope.

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4 Israelis Killed in Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

Two Palestinians stormed a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday, attacking worshippers praying inside with meat cleavers and a gun, and killing four people before they were killed in a shootout with police, officials said.

The attack, the deadliest in Jerusalem in years, is bound to ratchet up fears of sustained violence in the city, already on edge amid soaring tensions over a contested holy site.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that Israel will “respond harshly” to the attack, describing it as a “cruel murder of Jews who came to pray and were killed by despicable murderers.” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he spoke to Netanyahu after the assault and denounced it as an “act of pure terror and senseless brutality and violence.”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack, the first time he has done so since a recent spike in deadly violence against Israelis began. He also called for an end to Israeli “provocations” surrounding the sacred site.

In a statement, Abbas’ office said he “condemns the killing of the worshippers in a synagogue in west Jerusalem.” The statement called for an end to the “invasion” of the mosque at the holy site and a halt to “incitement” by Israeli ministers.

Israeli police called the incident a terrorist attack and said the two Palestinian assailants were cousins from east Jerusalem. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a militant group, said the cousins were its members. A PFLP statement did not specify whether the group instructed the cousins to carry out the attack. Hamas, the militant Palestinian group that runs the Gaza Strip, praised the attack.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said six people were also wounded in the attack, including two police officers. Four of the wounded were reported in serious condition. He said police were searching the area for other suspects.

Associated Press footage from the scene showed the synagogue, in Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox Har Nof neighborhood, surrounded by police and rescue workers following the attack.

Wounded worshippers were being assisted by paramedics and a bloodied meat cleaver lay near the scene of the attack. Initially, police had described the weapons used as knives and axes.

“I tried to escape. The man with the knife approached me. There was a chair and table between us … my prayer shawl got caught. I left it there and escaped,” Yossi, who was praying at the synagogue at the time of the attack, told Israeli Channel 2 TV. He declined to give his last name.

Yosef Posternak, who was at the synagogue at the time of the attack, told Israel Radio that about 25 worshippers were inside when the attackers entered.

“I saw people lying on the floor, blood everywhere. People were trying to fight with (the attackers) but they didn’t have much of a chance,” he said.

A photo in Israeli media from inside the synagogue showed what appeared to be a body on the floor draped in a prayer shawl, with blood smattered nearby.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the attackers were Palestinians from east Jerusalem, which has been the scene of relentless clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters in recent months. She identified the assailants as Ghassan and Oday Abu Jamal from the Jabal Mukaber neighborhood.

Soon after the attack, clashes broke out outside the Abu Jamals’ home where dozens of police had gathered to carry out arrests in connection with the attack. Residents hurled stones at police who responded using riot dispersal weapons.

Israel has been on edge with a spate of attacks by Palestinians against Israelis, killing at least six people in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Tel Aviv in recent weeks, prior to Tuesday’s casualties.

Jerusalem residents had already been fearful of what appeared to be lone wolf attacks using cars or knives against pedestrians, but Tuesday’s synagogue assault harkens back to gruesome attacks during the Palestinian uprising of the last decade.

Israel’s police chief said Tuesday’s attack was likely not organized by militant groups, similar to other recent incidents, making it more difficult for security forces to prevent the violence.

“These are individuals who decide to do horrible acts. It’s very hard to know ahead of time about every such incident,” Yohanan Danino told reporters at the scene.

Tensions appeared to have been somewhat defused last week following a meeting between Netanyahu, Kerry and Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman. The meeting was an attempt to restore calm after months of violent confrontations surrounding a sacred shrine holy to both Jews and Muslims.

Israel and the Palestinians said then they would take steps to reduce tensions that might lead to an escalation.

In his statement, Netanyahu blamed the violence on incitement by both Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and said the international community ignores the incitement.

Kerry blamed the attack on Palestinian calls for “days of rage,” and said Palestinian leaders must take serious steps to refrain from such incitement. He also urged Palestinian leaders to condemn the attack “in the most powerful terms.”

“Innocent people who had come to worship died in the sanctuary of a synagogue. They were hatcheted, hacked and murdered in that holy place in an act of pure terror and senseless brutality and murder,” Kerry said.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, speaking alongside Kerry, also condemned the violence.

Hamas’ statement praised the synagogue attack, saying it was a “response to continued Israeli crimes, the killing, desecrating al-Aqsa (mosque),” a reference to a recent incident at the holy site.

Abbas, at a meeting later with security officials, called for calm.

“We call for a complete calm and a halt to all these attacks to enable us to move ahead with our political work,” he said, according to the Palestinian official Wafa news agency.

Much of the recent violence stems from tensions surrounding the Jerusalem holy site referred to by Jews as the Temple Mount because of the Jewish temples that stood there in biblical times. It is the most sacred place in Judaism; Muslims refer to it as the Noble Sanctuary, and it is their third holiest site, after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

The site is so holy that Jews have traditionally refrained from going there, instead praying at the adjacent Western Wall. Israel’s chief rabbis have urged people not to ascend to the area, but in recent years, a small but growing number of Jews, including ultranationalist lawmakers, have begun regularly visiting the site, a move seen as a provocation.

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S.Africa to Repatriate Bodies of Nationals Killed in Synagogue Collapse

The South African government said Tuesday that it was ready to repatriate on the weekend the bodies of 81 of its nationals killed in a September church building collapse in Nigerian economic capital Lagos.

 “We have 100 percent fool-proof plan that should we get a green light, we should be able to dispatch two chartered flights to Lagos so that Saturday evening we can be able to transport the remains to South Africa,” Jeff Radebe, a minister in the presidency told journalists.

Radebe, who is leading a powerful South African delegation to Nigeria over the repatriation of the bodies, said he met President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja on Monday over the issue.

Radebe, the special envoy of President Jacob Zuma, said he discussed with the Nigerian leader “the need for the speeding up of the process of repatriating 81 South Africans who perished in the tragic event” of September 12 in Lagos.

A total of 116 people were killed when a guesthouse at the Lagos megachurch of one of Nigeria’s most popular preachers, TB Joshua, collapsed.

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#Pausibility: Excuse Me! This is a Secular State. -Adebayo Coker

My good friend and brother, Jeff Underwood asked me earlier in the week if I’m considering posting any other thing on my blog apart from politics. It’s a good question as I have asked myself the same over and again; in fact, I attempted being apolitical on my blog sometime back but to tell you the truth, there is no way one would demand change in this clime without being political, a passivist or Dokubo-like, especially with the rodents that parade themselves as leaders because people with good brains lack the will to offer themselves for service. We must start considering our stance. Enough said.

The Government of the Federation or of a State shall not adopt any religion as State Religion.

Section 10 of the 1999 Constitution of The Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The motto of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress. Accordingly, national integration shall be actively encouraged, whilst discrimination on the grounds of place of origin, sex, religion, status, ethnic or linguistic association or ties shall be prohibited.

                          Section 15; subsections 1 and 2 of The 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

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The continued bruiting of Muslim-Muslim ticket by the APC is becoming more interesting day by day. How? I believe some will ask.

I have always and will continue to be an advocate of LET THE BEST CANDIDATE(S) WIN. From the days of PDP zoning formula to these days of religious hegemony, I still maintain my stance. I got thrown aback when people that I strongly hoped would be in the forefront  of advancing the cause of Constitutionalism are the ones going to town to peddle the worst from their sickened imagination. The party in question has not publicly announced or presented any candidate, either for the State or Federal, then where did this campaign of APC promoting Mohammedanism come from?

Should it ever happen that any good party presents credible Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates that happen to practice the same religion, of what relevance is their religion to me if there will be deliverables from their governance? What value has the occupation of the office of the President of Nigeria by ‘the pious gentleman’ added to me as a Christian ever since he has been in the office? His maladroitness has brought all of us a big shame across religion divides, except for the few ones that still drink from the empty CAN.

Fashola is one gentleman that I will praise-sing anytime, any day because I see the results of his occupation of the Round House. Should I badmouth this ‘correct guy’ just because he is a Muslim? Had Lagosians  been so dumb to have rejected this young man in 2007 on the basis of his religion, is it not possible that  we would be crawling on our knees in the development theatre by now?

Let me quickly sound a note of warning to APC at this juncture: Whatever political permutation you plan to engage that’ll not result into the emergence of BRF as a running mate at worst in the next Presidential Election, then count your party as losing a vote already; my vote.

Why this politics of religion in our land? What you and I need is good leadership. To me it doesn’t matter if he or she is an atheist (I’m sure my Pastor will organize a deliverance session if he happens to read the last statement) I bet you religiosity is totally different from godliness. One is a mere ceremony, the other is LIVING.

However, far and beyond worshiping God within a constructed frame, or hitting your head on the ground in His worship because you want your religion to be seen as superb, while your heart is filled with so much hatred and thirst for blood, try to know that your heart should be His throne because that is the sanctuary God inhabits, and not your religion, just as it has been from the days of old.

Judas Iscariot was always with Jesus Christ, yet he sold his master for some ‘sikini money’. Jang, Akpabio, Uduaghan, Dickson, Orji, Sullivan and co, are all Christians, yet they won’t agree to the result of a simple majority vote.

I believe by now all leaders should look towards Zambezi Area (Zambia) and learn from the newest case of what money cannot buy.

This is a secular state; please don’t come here with that stupid politics.

To The Synagogue

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I heard a lawyer has applied for a Stay of Proceedings against the state, to bar it from continuing its Inquest into the Synagogue building collapse. How I wish that such lawyers or members of their families were victims of that building collapse so that they will have a first-hand experience to defend The Synagogue so well.

 

Adebayo Coker is the author of Societal Fragments, A Man Like Me: Noteography Of A Father To His Son, and Wobbled Words.

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