High court rejects TB Joshua’s appeal

The September 12th building collapse killed 116 people

The September 12th building collapse killed 116 people

Quick update on the court case (Bisola‘s story part 2 will be posted this evening). It appears that after the verdict of the coroner, TB Joshua lodged an appeal with the High Court challenging the verdict. Yesterday it was announced that this appeal has been rejected, clearing the way for prosecution (about time too). No doubt there will be more swings and roundabouts as SCOAN launch another appeal, but at least this is a step forward.

The thing that boggles the mind the most is that despite the coroner reporting that ALL the buildings on the SCOAN compound were built illegally (the auditorium had approval for the initial build, but had received unapproved extra floors afterwards), meetings continue to happen in them. After the international crisis caused by the first building collapse, why are Lagos State Government allowing large public meetings to continue in the buildings of a church who has already killed 116 people due to their illegal and inadequately reinforced buildings? All these buildings should be immediately shut down pending a thorough structural survey.

Let us remind you, the findings of the coroner showed clearly and unequivocally that the cause of the collapse was structural failure. Three independent agencies (the Nigeria Building And Road Research Instititute (NBBRI),  the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG)) provided a litany of serious structural failings, for example:

  • Inadequate beams of 750mm by 225mm (should have been 900mm by 300mm)
  • Inadequately reinforced columns (should have been reinforced with 12 x Y25 bars or 20 x Y20mm bars. Instead they used 10 x Y20 bars (as seen in the video released by SCOAN).
  • Inadequate bearing pressure for the central column due to the 2m x 2m x 0.9m foundations.
  • Failure to introduce rigid zones for bracing the structure and did not design the frames as an unbraced structure.
  • Failure to provide movement joints that could have absorbed any movement due to creep, contraction, expansion and differential settlement etc..
  • 8 out of the 12 main beams of the structure failed because they were undersized, under-reinforced (both in tension and shear), the tension bars were poorly anchored to the column supports and 8 x Y20 was used instead of 14 x Y20.
  • The ground floor columns were slender and readily gave in to buckling

Although SCOAN may continue to spread lies about sonic weapons or controlled demolition, anyone who allows themselves to look at the event with an open mind will very quickly see through the lies and realise the cause of the collapse is very obvious. Let’s pray that this latest legal hurdle will clear the way for justice to be served for the sake of the victims.

15 thoughts on “High court rejects TB Joshua’s appeal

  1. To Bisola,

    Sorry for changing the subject, but I always wanted to ask you if all the clips in Blasphemers were really you. I looked carefully at it and it seems to me that not all they have on there are actually you? Can you clarify that to me? I will appreciate that!

    Beware Of Blasphemers Part 3

      • The damage is done. Very sad, but the Bible says, Vengeance is mine says the Lord. Main thing here, is true repentance and ask the Man of God Prophet T.B. Joshua , for forgiveness. We wil continue to pray. There will be attacks but greater is He who is in us than he that is in the world.

      • Forgiveness for what ? He himself should ask forgiveness for what he has done. Why can someone like him do this and others not ? Or anyone of SCOAN. It’s wrong to build illegal and stand in front of church and lie that you are innocent of anything wrong. Stop this blatant lying. It’s the first thing that was written in the Bible through Satan the serpent. Lying to Eve. You call this a man of gosh ? No one should lie. God is not a man that He should lie….. You who are in SCOAN are liars. And really bad ones too. You in SCOAN repent of your lies.

  2. To TB Joshua:

    I say again – REPENT and let God’s people go, or something worse will happen to you.

    Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: “Let my people go, so that they may worship me” – Exodus 9:1

    Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “‘Come out of her, my people,’ so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues” – Revelation 18:4


  3. Somebody said there would be civil unrest if this charlatan was to face jail. Here is where the beauty of having many religions in Nigeria. If he is handled with kid gloves because of his faith or influence, there would be an uproar especially from among the Muslims.

  4. All we want is justice for the victims and families. This false prophet, Temitope Balogun Joshua, must be held accountable for his atrocities. The courts must demonstrate that no one is above the law and there would NEVER be any civil unrest if this false prophet is put behind bars where he belongs. Rather, it would send a warning to other false prophets to desist from their nefarious activities!

  5. Amazing that today I heard on good authority that TBJ would certainly be criminally prosecuted and here we are, his appeal is rejected. He’s got a loooong way to go… Unfortunately it won’t be pleasant to his followers. They should brace themselves.

    @ tbjwatch

    I will not be surprised that the place get closed in the future…

    Let’s watch the space.

  6. Lols. Fake tb joshua. This man again, how come he can predict plane crashes and cudnt predict ordinary building collapse in his backyard?. Funny if u ask me, yet some people are still blinded by the obvious gimmicks of this so called man of god.

  7. He could also not predict that his appeal would be rejected and he should not waste money on it and rather donate to the needy, loool

  8. What so everything happening,God will never change,He is God,He is the Owner,the CREATOR of all creation,He shall Judge everyone for everything ,GLORY BE TO GOD.

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