A bereaved family member responds to the ANN7 documentary

The article below is written by someone who lost a family member in the 2014 building collapse. They are responding to the SCOAN propaganda put out by the African News Network under the guise of journalism. It gives some interesting insights into how this “documentary” may have come about.

Firstly I would like to thank TBJWatch for keeping the public informed of the goings at SCOAN, particularly us the families that lost our loved ones in the 12 Sep 2014 SCOAN building collapse.

As you can see, it is a pity that man could behave unashamedly in this manner when there has been loss of lives and limbs. But, coming back to Christianity, if there were people who could stand up and accuse Jesus Christ, the TRUTH publicly, and one person could even be found in Christ’s midst who collaborated with the works of darkness to KILL THE TRUTH, Christ Jesus, how difficult would it be in these days to find a person who would take money to continue speaking against the Truth?

SADLY THE TRUTH NEVER DIES… EVEN WHEN BURIED, IT COMES BACK TO LIFE.

It has been well documented that the “man of gods” from Nigeria hands out cash to people to buy their conscience. Being in touch with other families that suffered the same fate as mine (losing a family member), we know that once a family member sets foot at SCOAN they are given cash, directly from the hand of TB Joshua. It is called a gift. Before we even knew the fate of my late brother, 4 days after the accident, when my other brother and the widow went to SCOAN, they were surprised that the “man of God” never had time to talk to them but only handed a gift to them before they returned to South Africa. It is never said why the gift is handed to people. After all, a gift is a gift, right?

All the families I know and I am in touch with, the only interaction they have with the “man of God” when they went to SCOAN was the moment of gifts hand overs. Otherwise his little people organise tours and brainwashing sessions for the visitors. The tragedy here is the fear the families have of the man which paralyses them from speaking or acting against him. Well…, coupled with the continuous harassment of his little people…

Before the 12 Sep 2015, I had calls from certain journalists who wanted to get information on my family and our position in view of the anniversary. It is at that time that I was informed that SCOAN was organising for “journalists” to go to Nigeria and “see for themselves…”

The thing is, SCOAN had prevented journalists from going to their church since the day of the incident, according to the journalist that I can’t disclose here for obvious reason…All of a sudden, they invite and host journalists and news channels that produce the same material as the ones regularly posted on SCOAN’s site.

Fortunately, I know of journalists that refused to go because they knew exactly what the trip was all about. Such people will continue to uphold the journalistic integrity. It is a shame that ANN7 chose, in the face of the gravity of this tragedy, to take the offer and be a mouthpiece of SCOAN… Leaving the widows and orphans that want the whole truth and justice voiceless… Well, at ANN7 it seems victims don’t deserve a voice, only those who consider themselves blessed because someone died due to criminal negligence of someone else…

We will certainly see what they are position will be when we get to the end of this case and find justice, at least for my brother. I will provide an update of the case once there’s newsworthy progress.

May God bless all the people that submit to Him as channels for the truth to come to light, not only about the sad loss of 12 Sep 2014, but also about His Word and Kingdom.

African News Network owe an apology to the victims of TB Joshua’s church collapse

The African News Network (ANN7) recently produced a documentary on the SCOAN building collapse and the theories behind it. Sadly, instead of  producing a balanced, impartial piece of investigative journalism they’ve put out a puff piece for SCOAN. If a journalism student turned in this piece as an assignment they would be failed on the spot. We are appalling that a supposedly professional news network would disrespect the grieving families enough to produce a piece perpetuating the lies of the organisation responsible for killing their relatives. We believe ANN7 owe the families an apology and should publicly retract the documentary. These are the reasons why:

1. Emmanuel TV were involved in the production

Throughout the piece Emmanuel TV camera’s and microphones were visible. We’re not claiming it was produced by Emmanuel TV, but at the very least it is clear that the ANN7 crew were not left alone to produce an impartial piece of journalism.

2) The only people interviewed were those who disagreed with the coroner’s findings

Why wasn’t there an interview with representatives from the Nigeria Building And Road Research Instititute (NBBRI), the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) or the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG) all of whom found serious structural failings when examining the remains of the building?

Why didn’t we hear from any of the families who are suing SCOAN for causing the death of their family members?

Why didn’t we hear from the coroner or at least hear some of the detailed findings in his report?

3) They gave a voice to the “scientist” who put forward the infrasonic weapon theory

A substantial section of the documentary was dedicated to an interview with the “scientist” who suggested that the building was brought down by an infrasonic weapon on the “hovering plane”. This theory was dismissed by the coroner because the witness had only read about this kind of weapon in books, had not practiced or witnessed the use of the weapon and could not show how it could have caused the collapsed building to come down. The documentary states that he “published a journal” documenting the theory, but if ANN7 had done its due diligence it would have found that the paper in question was substantially plagiarised from wikipedia and has never been published in any journal. Is that what you think counts as scholarship ANN7?

4) There was no critique or analysis of the statements put forward

There are so many questions that could be asked about the infrasonic weapon theory, for example – when has this kind of weapon been used before? How were they able to demolish a single building while leaving the others standing? How is it possible that an infrasonic weapon powerful enough to demolish a building didn’t also kill everyone in the vicinity? Without asking these kind of questions, ANN7 are giving credibility to this ridiculous idea.

Why was the so called “independent” structural engineer (wearing an Emmanuel TV t-shirt) not asked to explain the contradiction between his findings and the findings of the 3 independent agencies working on behalf of the coroner?

5) The presenter seems sympathetic to SCOAN’s cause

The presenter Peter Van Onselen is clearly sympathetic to SCOAN’s cause, if not directly involved with them. What journalist would sacrifice their journalistic integrity for anything less than a cause they truly believed in? To his credit though, he has dialogued with us on Twitter, but unfortunately that has only revealed his cards even more.

See conversation below (if you can follow the twitter embeds):

Here lies the problem. Van Onselen, who is not structural engineer states that he has seen the beams and they were twice as reinforced as necessary. How can a non-structural engineer know that? Simple – because the people taking him round (SCOAN) told him. Shouldn’t a journalist dig a little deeper than that?

The single piece of evidence for controlled demolition is that the building came straight down. There were no traces of explosive found at the scene, no reports of explosions, and as we’ve said before – the only believable way that someone could have the access to rig the building with explosives is if it was an inside job. This is why SCOAN keep up the laughable infrasonic theory, because it doesn’t demand any physical evidence, but even Van Onselen agrees that it’s ridiculous (what a shame he didn’t treat it like that in his documentary). The fact is – there really isn’t any dispute about the cause of the collapse! The coroner’s report contains a litany of structural failings that would have made a collapse like this inevitable, the only people disputing this are SCOAN. Releasing a documentary like this only serves to muddy the waters and stir up even more confusion.

Bad journalism happens all the time, but when bad journalism helps a powerful organisation coverup criminal negligence that led to the deaths of 116 people it needs calling out. Journalism should be fighting for the truth and exposing lies, not perpetuating them. We call on ANN7 to do the right thing and apologise for this complete journalism fail.

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