You have probably seen the widely reported story about two children suing TB Joshua for the death of their father. This is the civil case we’ve been reporting on since August last year. The press have focused (perhaps for sensationalism) on the two children suing, but in fact the mother is the first plaintiff and her children have joined the mother as second and third plaintiffs. It may however prove to be fortuitous that the press have focused on the children because it will most likely win more public sympathy, and any move SCOAN makes against the case will be viewed as a move against two children who have lost their father.
They are asking for $520,000 (US) in damages to “compensate for the money that their father would have been expected to provide them with until he turned 70” (source: BBC), but the money is not the only objective – according to one family member TBJW has exclusively spoken to: “for us as a family we want this martyrdom nonsense to cease and the whole truth to come out. Once that is established, in case there is fault on behalf of anyone, which we believe there is, we would like for them to be accountable so that the Christian community will, where possible, not be victimised by individuals who think they are untouchable even in the extreme instances of causing so many deaths.”
One significant detail is that TB Joshua is personally listed as a defendant, as well as the registered trustees of the SCOAN. This will make it much more difficult for him to duck out behind his trustees.
This is the first civil case against TB Joshua, but it is unlikely to be the last. Bolaji Ayorinde, the lawyer involved in this case told the BBC that he has had a lot of inquiries from relatives of people who died in the building collapse about the possibility of taking action (source). We’ve heard from other sources that financial support promised to the families by SCOAN has ceased in many cases, which if true will leave many with no other alternative than taking legal action.
Please remember this family and the others in your prayers. While TB Joshua continues to live a millionaires lifestyle, complete with a $60 million dollar jet, there are families struggling to make ends meet having lost their breadwinner thanks to SCOAN’s criminal negligence.