Nigeria’s TB Joshua, the world’s seventh-richest pastor, will be prosecuted alongside the trustees of his popular Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN) over a building collapse that in September last year killed 116 people, mostly South Africans, reports from the capital Abuja said this week.
Abuja-based Premium Times said the SCOAN trustees, including Joshua and the engineers who constructed the infamous six-storey building, were expected to be arraigned before the Lagos State High Court on Monday 30 November 2015.
However, it remains unclear whether Joshua, who is believed to be hiding and gone underground, was expected to be in court.
The building has been serving as a guesthouse for thousands of church followers who come from all corners of the world to seek the pastor’s ‘blessings’ and ‘healing’.
Structural failures are said to have caused the collapse of the building, an inquest found, adding that the church should be prosecuted as the guesthouse did not have planning permission.
If convicted, Joshua and his crew could face life behind bars, and this will eventually end his sparkling religious career.
The incident has since irked the South African government and generated tensions and war of words between the two African economic powerhouses.
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Photo: Pastor TB Joshua in happier times. Now he faces life behind bars.